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12 You'll Like The Spike 

Relive the legend and lore of the spike tomahawk. By Mike Haskew 

24 The Big Uglies 

Super-strong, overbuilt folders continue to be hot. By Mike Haskew 

30 Just How Prepared Are You? 

Knives can save your life and those of your loved ones. By James Ayres 

42 Branded Blades 

Chances are, there's a knife with your favorite logo. By Joe Kertzman 

50 A Chip Off The OP Black 

James Black captivated Jim Walker — and Walker's knives will captivate you. 
By Darby N eaves 

58 In The Name of Cronk 

The Best of Show/W.W Cronk Award enters its third decade. By Butch Winter 

62 TV News Slanders New Jersey 

Cheryl Fiandaca and her WCBS goon squad defame Steven Licata. By Steve Shackleford 

TO Q&A: Basic Facts About Fibermascus 

Get the lowdown on the new damascus-like handle material. By Wayne Goddard 

96 ^jffiU Worth Their Weight In Merit 

Interest in antique scout pocketknives is on the rise. By Richard White 

1 02 Kershaw's Got A Brand New Pad 

Dig the new digs of the home of the Speed-Safe. By Dexter Ewing 

110 The Knife Whisperer 

Don Bell's knives never shout, they whisper — and they whisper good taste. 
By Don Guild 

114 Sharpest Knives Out of the Box? 

Identifying some of them is but a part of the equation. By Steve Shackleford 

118 Damascus Unmasked 

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20 The Knife I Carry 
22 Guild Directions 
38 Spec Sheet 
68 Randall Answer Man 
75 BLADE Shoppe 
84 BLADE List 

84 Classified Ads 

85 Ad Index 

86 What's New 

88 Knifemaker Showcase 
90 Ed Fowler's Knife Talk 
101 Where To Get 'Em 
106 Show Calendar 

108 Where To Net 'Em 

109 Next In BLADE® 
122 Hot Handmade 


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the space available. 

One Of The Good Guys 

The world of knives lost a great engraver 
and an even better person when Dan 
Wilkerson passed away a few months ago. 
Dan did a large body of outstanding work 
and at a price the average knife collector 
could afford. Many people owned knives 
bearing his engraving work. He did a lot 
of good work for me. He engraved more 
Bob Loveless knives than anybody. I had 
a lot of respect for Dan. He was one of the 
good guys. 

J. W. Denton, Hiawassee, Georgia 

Classical Japanese vs. Modern? 

I've been a BLADE® subscriber for 
several years now and I have a question. 
You've had articles on blade geometry 
pertaining to its effect on cutting ability and 
many stories regarding Japanese knives and 
swords. What I would like to know is, has 
anyone compared classical Japanese knives 
in cutting tests to modern-made knives and, 
if so, how do/did they compare? 

Al Laliberte, a letter from the Internet 

Editor s note: That s an interesting question, 
Mr. Laliberte. To he meaningful, among 
other "controls," such a comparison would 
have to be conducted on knives exhibiting 
similar geometries, materials and other 
features, and done in a way that guaranteed 
repeatable results, such as with a CATRA 
machine. It would indeed be a challenge. 

The Brew Master's Glass 

As much as I enjoy reading the arti- 
cles and viewing the illustrations 
and photographs of rare and fine cutlery 
contained within the pages of BLADE, a 
publication which I consider an authority 
on its subject matter, I don't enjoy offering 
a much-needed correction to the caption 
for the photo on page 95 of the May issue. 
While I agree that the German knife 
pictured is indeed a bartender's pattern 
knife, possibly made before the 1920s, 
it neither advertises liquor nor wine and 

does not feature a "figure playing [a] long 

A translation of the German inscription 
to the left of the figure reads, "A Year's 
Production of [number almost illegible 
but clearly in the millions] bottles" by the 
manufacturer HEYE of Gerresheim. The 
scene and inscription clearly celebrate the 
manufacture of the variety and quantity of 
glass (flaschen) containers and not what 


I wanted to write to thank you and your 
staff for all the fine work you do in 
your efforts to produce BLADE. As a 
knife collector, I've found your magazine 
to be a major part of my investigation to 
find "my next favorite knife." In particu- 
lar, I've been very impressed with your 
two-part article, "The Year of The Factory 
Knife," in the June and July issues. It does 
a great job in capturing the latest trends 
and "favorites" of the knife community. 

I've bought several of the knives 
presented in both articles and have been 
very happy with my purchases. I would 
guess that, out of the 200 or so knives that 
I currently own, most of the handmades 
and many others were first encountered 
in your magazine. I take the fact that a 
knife appears in your magazine as a vote 
for its quality. 

The only suggestion I have is that 
there doesn't seem to be a huge amount 
of coverage of automatic knives. Might 
I suggest a similar series dedicated to 
the latest and greatest in the automatic 
world? If you like the suggestion, I would 
start with two knives: 1) The William 
Henry Spryte, quite possibly the best 
"gentleman's" automatic made and 2) the 
Microtech UTX70, a smaller version of 
the Microtech Ultratech double-action 
automatic, which I believe may be the 
best automatic knife ever made. 

Robert Hancock, a letter from the 

Editor's note: Look for a review of some 
of the latest double-action automatics in 
the November BLADE. 

their ultimate contents might be, with 
the exception of the glass container from 
which the central figure is drinking. He is 
not "playing [a] long horn" but is drinking 
from a traditional, five-litre brew master's 
glass, which is used only for beer. The 
glass has a long, tall neck so that the brew 
master may study the uniformity of color 
throughout the brew from a long pour from 
the tap. 

Frank Grupinski, Massapequa Park, 
New York 


In regard to the stories written for BLADE 
by Ed Fowler, they are the best I've ever 
read — and I've been a subscriber to BLADE 
since its inception. His articles are from the 
heart and are pure in form. Mr. Fowler is 
the "Dr. Phil of Knifedom" — he gets and 
stays real! 

Tim Kaspai; Beaumont, Texas 

In Memory of Those Who Have Fallen 

■ 'ma sergeant in the U.S. Army and have 

■ been stationed in Iraq. I was wondering 
if anyone has made knives in memory of all 
the soldiers who have fought and those who 
have fallen. 

I didn't think I had any hobbies until 
I told my fellow recon sergeant to get 
something out of my bag. He opened the bag 
and dumped out the contents. Out fell about 
eight to 15 knives — I've lost count — and he 
replied, "I think I've found your hobby." 

Sgt. Brian Taylor, U.S. Army 

Editor's note: Kenneth King made a knife 
saluting those who have served and are 
serving, as detailed on page 110 of the May 
BLADE, and there are no doubt other knives 
commemorating our current active-duty 
heroes. Anyone who knows of such knives 
and would like to share that knowledge 
with BLADE readers is welcome to submit 
that information in writing to "Readers 


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cover story 

Knifemaker Steve Ryan inspired Jeff 
Hall to build big, beefy folders in 
addition to the gent's folders Hall also 
makes. One of Hall's customers nicknamed 
the Bounty Hunter — this issue's cover 
knife — "a Big Ugly" a while back and the 
name stuck. Hall became so enamored 
with the name and style that Big Uglies 
have become a staple in his line, with the 
Bounty Hunter being the Hall flagship of 
the genre. 

"One of Hall's 


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Big Ugly.'" 

— the author 

The ample 4 1/4-inch blade is CPM 
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For more information on the Bounty 
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POB 435, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 
For more on Big Uglies in general, see the 
story on page 24. 

The cover photo is by Bob Best. 




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An Open Letter to Cheryl Fiandaca 

By Steve Shackleford 

Since reputed investigative reporter 
Cheryl Fiandaca of WCBS declined 
a telephone interview with BLADE® 
concerning her vicious and unfounded tele- 
vised report on knifemaker Steven Licata 
this past May 1 1, an open letter is in order: 

Dear(?) Cheryl, 

I saw your gutless, prejudiced and 
irresponsible report on knifemaker Steven 
Licata this past May 11, and, since you 
don't have the chutzpah to talk to me on the 
phone, let me set you straight in print. 

Mr. Licata has been making art 
knives, swords and battle-axes for 
16 years. He's the son of a retired 
police chief, holds a bachelor 
of arts/four-year degree from 
the School of Visual Arts in 
New York City, is a loving 
father to his 3 1/2-year-old 
son and — you're not going 
to believe this, Cheryl — has 
never been arrested! Why 
besmirch the reputation of 
such an honest citizen? 

If you're trying to ruin 
innocent people's reputations, 
at least do your homework 
first. For instance, did you know 
that there are scores of makers 
of art knives — and all knives, for 
that matter — worldwide and, to our 
knowledge, an art knife has never been 
used to commit a crime? Moreover, did 
you know that Mr. Licata does not make 
his knives, swords and battle-axes in the 
8x10 shed in his backyard, as you alleged, 
but does so in an off-site facility? He has to 
do his work off site because the equipment 
he uses — an 800-pound milling machine, 
power hammer, etc. — could never fit in an 
8x10 shed. 

You reported that such swords as Mr. 
Licata 's are, heaven forbid, used in movies 
like The Highlander. C'mon, Cheryl, it's 
a movie — you know, a fantasy, not reality. 
Do you think the actors/stuntmen try to cut 
and slash each other during filming? Are 
you really that naive? 

You also reported that such swords 
as Mr. Licata's are used for "dueling at 

10 /BLADE 

renaissance fairs." Wow! I didn't know 
dueling was legal. What renaissance fairs 
have you been going to, anyhow? 

Your report referred to Mr. Licata's 
work as "some of the deadliest weapons 
imaginable." If that's the case, we'd better 
get Mr. Licata's swords and battle-axes in 
the hands of our troops and dispose of all 
those silly Ml tanks and Bradley assault 

Can you explain to me why your 
"undercover photographer" invaded Mr. 
Licata's privacy by filming inside his 
house without Mr. Licata's knowledge or 
permission? And can you explain to me 
why, when the photographer filmed Mr. 
Licata's son "playing" — as you put it — by 
Mr. Licata's swords, the photographer saw 
fit not to film Mr. Licata standing within 
arms' reach of the child at the time? In fact, 
if it was so "dangerous" for Mr. Licata's 
son to be "playing" by the swords "all by 
himself," why didn't the photographer 
move Mr. Licata's son away from the so- 

called danger? Or was the photographer 
hoping the boy would injure himself to 
spice up your report? 

In the filmed part of your interview 
with Mr. Licata, you intimated that the 
students who attend a nearby high school 
might somehow have access to Mr. Licata's 
knives and swords. Why did you omit 
Licata's reply that the students can't afford 
the $3,500 swords he makes? 

In your report you stated, "On Steven 

Licata's Web site you can see razor-sharp 

medieval swords, rapiers, axes — even 

flails!" My question: Why, when you said 

the word flails, did you exaggerate 

the pronunciation as FLAY-yulsl 

Being a professional broadcast 

journalist — or even a graduate 

of grade school — you should 

have taken basic courses in 

English. Don't you know 

that flails is a one-syllable 

word? Or were you using 

that hackneyed, transparent 

television news ploy of 

emphasizing certain words 

to add to your perception 

that the word, and therefore 

the object it denotes, is 

somehow inherently evil? 

C HE R-y I , you've 

confirmed the worst about 

yourself and other tabloid TV 

reporters of your ilk — you could 

care less about the welfare of the 

innocent men, women and children you 

exploit for your own personal gain. 

Meanwhile, thanks for galvanizing 
knife enthusiasts on the Internet and 
elsewhere in support of Mr. Licata, perhaps 
gaining the industry some new converts as 
a result of your shameless distorting of the 
facts. Despite and/or because of your best 
efforts to the contrary, Mr. Licata and the 
handmade knife industry will continue to 
grow and prosper. 

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Joe Szilaski's combination spike/ 
pipe tomahawk has gained quite 
a bit of attention. At first glance 
it might appear to be an unusual 
combination, but Szilaski has a ra- 
tionale behind his historically accu- 
rate creation. 

"A lot of people have their own 
thing about it," he said, "but I think 
the Indians were very efficient 
people when it came to weapons. 
I believe they invented [the spike 
hawk] to serve as a peace pipe and 
as a weapon. They created some- 
thing unique so they wouldn't have 
to carry two things." 

Szilaski completed exhaustive 
research and documented actual 
spike/pipe hawks in use by Ameri- 
can Indians. His creation, he says, 
serves only those two purposes — as a 
weapon and as a peace pipe. The head 
is forged of W-2 tool steel with 136 
pieces of silver inlay. The mouthpiece 
is antler. Joe is quick to add that this 
beauty is fully hardened and func- 
tional — and it smokes! 

The irony is readily apparent. The 
tomahawk, a weapon of war, also 
can be considered a thing of beauty. 
Fashioned by accomplished artisans, mod- 
ern interpretations of the ancient imple- 
ments pay homage to their warrior tradi- 
tion while also conveying the makers' 
style and ability. Both sides of the spike 
tomahawk head mean business, but adding 

a touch of silver inlay, damascus steel or 
other embellishment brings the visual ap- 
peal to the forefront. 

The history of the tomahawk, and the 
spike hawk in particular, can be traced to 
medieval times in Europe, to the days of 
the marauding Vikings, and to the settlers 
of North America who moved westward 
and traded the tools for furs and crops 
grown by American Indians. 

"The Indians used the spike tomahawk 
frequently as a weapon," ABS master smith 
Joe Szilaski said. "The naval boarding axe 
is very similar to the spike tomahawk, 
which is a lighter version of the axe based 
on the same principle. The earliest one I've 
seen is from the 1720s. It had a French, 
leaf-shaped spike and a crescent blade. 
The old pieces are all made with hardwood 
hafts — black walnut and curly maple in 
a lot of cases. The heads were made of a 
combination of iron and steel, with the 
steel being on the edge of the blade and the 
spike. They were also made of copper and 
bronze, but the biggest trade items were 
made of steel and wrought iron." 

"The naval board- 
ing axe is very 
similar to the 

spike tomahawk." 

— Joe Szilaski 

According to Szilaski, sizes of the 
spike hawks have varied over the centuries 
depending on the preference of the maker. 
Especially for this story, he produced a 
combination spike/pipe tomahawk (see 
sidebar), which incorporates the business 
end of the tomahawk and the ceremonial 
peace pipe. Joe points to several sources to 
authenticate the existence of this "war and 
peace" tomahawk, particularly a painting 
dated 1796 by artist Frederick Bartoli of 
the Iroquois chief Corn Planter in which 
the subject is depicted actually holding a 
pipe/spike tomahawk. 

Well known for his hawks, Szilaski 
uses two primary methods to form histori- 
cal replicas and original pieces. "Some- 
times I use iron to form the eye and forge 
weld steel on the cutting edge and spike," 
he explained. "This is more traditional be- 
cause steel was scarce back in earlier days. 
However, if it doesn't have to be tradi- 
tional, I will usually forge the entire hawk 
head from one piece of tool steel. I use S-7 
or S-5 tool steel on throwers because it's 
shock resistant. On the pipe hawks I usu- 
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Today's spike hawks, sometimes com- 
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Hayes' full-tang spike hawks with 
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other applications," he commented. "That's 
why I put a hole in the blade for a lanyard 
or carabiner." 

Wally spent three days designing his 
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Wally Hayes' full-tang spike 
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The spike tomahawk Daniel 
Winkler made for the character 
of Magua to use in the 1992 movie, 
The Last of the Mohicans, sported a 
head of forged L-6 steel and a haft carved 
from hickory. The hawk was reproduced 
from an authentic piece provided by Ft. 
Meigs, a restored fort from the French 
and Indian War, in upstate New York. 

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some pronounced angles on the head. "I 
wanted to add a futuristic, tactical style 
to it. I put another spike on the end [of 
the haft] for more options — prying open 
ammo crates, digging, or to aid in hiking 
or combat," he noted. "I just forged out two 
today. I also did a limited-edition Hayes 
Hawk with a little Japanese accent thrown 
in with the stingray and cord-wrapped 
haft. That was mixed with a longer, Vi- 
king-style [barb]." 

Hayes said he made 25 of the hybrid 
hawks and sold each one before it was 
completed. He also produces frontier-style 
forged hawks from the 1050 carbon steel of 
ball-pein hammers. 

The historical element cultivated Lon- 
nie Hansen's interest in spike hawks, and 
he incorporates his own damascus steel 
into their construction. "The makeup of 
my damascus is 15N20 and 1084 steels," 
he said. "I also use 52100, which is my fa- 
vorite of the alloy steels. 1 still make da- 
mascus spikes, but as far as my working 
spikes are concerned, they're made with 
52100 and some 5160." 

"I put another 

spike on the end 

of the haft for 

more options." 

— Watty Hayes 

Carving his name in Japanese characters 
on some of his hafts, Hansen uses dense, 
sturdy blackwood on his high-end pieces. 
One Japanese-style spike hawk he made 
included pewter fittings and traditional dia- 
mond-wrapped rayskin on the haft. 

"I've actually gone to the old standard 
hickory for a lot of my handles," Lonnie 
remarked. "It isn't that pretty, but I started 
doing some carving and scrollwork to give 
some life to it. Hickory is strong, a whole 
lot lighter than the exotics, and very au- 
thentic. I've also used ash, and if a custom- 
er has a preference for it or curly maple, I'll 
do that for them." 

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When Daniel Winkler made the spike 
hawk for the character of Magua in the 
1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans, the 
finished product was based on an original 
museum piece — with one major exception. 
The film's director asked Winkler to en- 
large it by 30 percent so that it would have 
a more dramatic effect on the big screen. 

"I might make six spike hawks in a 
year," Winkler said, "both spec and cus- 
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kind to each show that we do. It may be a 
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sell very well and they're really popular. 
That popularity started, I think, right af- 
ter the release of The Last of the Mohi- 
cans. It has continued and gotten stronger 
over the years." 

Aside from the historical significance 
of the spike hawk, Winkler sees some vari- 
ations on the theme spicing up the stan- 

dard knife collection. "I believe the pub- 
lic appreciates the variations of cutlery," 
he reasoned. "Every time a movie comes 
out with a hawk in it, people who hadn't 
considered one before might think, 'Gee, 
I could add a hawk or a belt axe to my col- 
lection.' Public opinion changes as hawks 
and axes get more publicity. When some- 
one buys a hawk, he's prone to get another 
one of a different style. This can encourage 
a whole new collection — knives, axes and 
hawks. It can take a collector in a whole 
new direction." 

Winkler uses his own damascus steel 

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Rich McDonald's spike tomahawk 
and bowie set includes head and 
blade steel of twist damascus. The 
hawk haft is curly maple and the 
knife handle is stag. The sheath 
and head cover are by Jeanne 
McDonald. (Point Seven photo) 

on high-end pieces, but typically prefers 
1095 for his spike hawks in combination 
with curly maple hafts. He's made hawks 
as part of a "tribute set" of American In- 
dian regalia and implements, including the 
hawk, knives, a war shield, necklace, rattle 
and more. 

"I might make 

six spike hawks 

in a year." 

— Daniel Winkler 

Lineal Affirmation 

Affirming the lineage of the spike hawk as 
a weapon, modern makers and collectors 
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For the contact information for the spike 
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Fresh events and popular established features will highlight the annual show 

By Alfred Pendray 
Guild president 

Iew events and additional awards to 
go with tried-and-true traditional 
ones promise to give the annual 
Knifemakers' Guild Show a sharp facelift 
July 30-Aug. 1 at the Marriott Orlando 
World Center in Orlando, Florida. 

Guild honorary members — basically, 
the non-knifemaking knife collectors and 
buyers who belong to the organization — 
will be among the chief beneficiaries of the 
restructured Guild Show approach. 

"The gala is free 

to the honorary 

members and 

Guild members." 

— the author 

For the first time ever, the Guild will 
hold a gala for the honorary members the 
night before the annual show. The Guild 
is sponsoring the special party Thursday 
night, July 29. The gala is free to Guild 
honorary members and Guild members. 
Other show patrons will be charged a small 
admission fee. 

The gala will feature a live band, open 
bar and free hors d'oeuvres. Evening apparel 
for the ladies and coats and ties for the 
gentlemen are requested but not mandatory. 

Knife Drawings 

The Guild will offer the four knives used 

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The four knives that the Guild's honorary members who participate in the drawing 
at the Guild Show will be eligible to win are by, from left: Ernest Lyle, Rade Hawkins, 
Edmund Davidson and D' Holder. (Point Seven photo) 


In addition to some new awards, the Guild also will present its traditional honors at 
the Guild Show, such as the Nate Posner Award. Last year's awardees were Dave and 
Grace Harvey of Nordic Knives and Dan and Pam Delavan of Plaza Cutlery. Alfred 
Pendray (left), Guild president, made the presentation to the Delavans at the 2003 
show. The Harveys were unable to attend. 

in the Guild's annual advertising to 
honorary members via a drawing at the 
show. Honorary members need only place 
a business card or card with their name 
in a box provided at the Guild table to be 
eligible to win one of the knives. 

"The Guild Show 

will offer several 

new events and 


— the author 

The knives are excellent examples 
of Guild members' work. The first knife 
is a beautiful double-edge dagger with a 
spiral-carved and wire-wrapped handle by 
Ernest Lyle of Chiefland, Florida. Rade 
Hawkins of Fayetteville, Georgia, made 
the second knife, a folding side-lock hunter 
with a Damasteel blade of twist stainless 
damascus, a stainless damascus bolster 
and a handle of stabilized and dyed giraffe 

The third knife is a high-art hunter 
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D' Holder of Peoria, Arizona. The blade 
is mirror polished with filework along 
the spine. The final knife that will go to a 
lucky honorary member is a reproduction 
of a Bob Loveless integral hunter by 
Edmund Davidson. Blade steel is BG-42 
stainless and the handle sports the Guild 

logo scrimshawed by Guild member Linda 
Karst Stone of Ingram, Texas. 

Show Particulars 

Along with the honorary members, show 
patrons in general will have a revamped 
slate of inaugural events and awards to 
consider, including the "Battle of the 
Blades" cutting competition, and best 
knifemaker awards and honors for the best 
collections of handmade knives. 

Meanwhile, the Guild will continue 
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such as the Red Watson and Nate Posner 
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In another change designed to 
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conducted the Saturday night of the show in 
the past, will be held the Friday morning of 
the show this year to free up Saturday night 
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By Mike Haskew 

Ihile referring to a knife as ugly may 
I at first seem a bit harsh, ugly in the 
case of the genre of big, ugly fold- 
ers is a high compliment. It means the knives 
cut, take punishment and get the job done. 
Even if someone might think these cutlery ti- 
tans have mugs only their makers could love, 
knife users love them as well. 

Knifemaker Jeff Hall has tapped into the 
"Big Ugly" market and isn't afraid to use the 
term when describing his own work. 

"By big ugly, 1 mean not a gentleman's 
dolled-up folder like with black-lip mother- 
of-pearl and elegant wire wrapping and 
stuff," Hall explained. "Those knives are 
fine and 1 make some of them. But this is a 
new category of stuff — one notch beyond the 
tactical craze." 

Hall did in fact start out making the 
smaller gent's knives. A challenge from 
knifemaker friend Steve Ryan prompted him 
to branch out. Since then, his production has 
shifted to about 80 percent Big Ugly. 

"You know how things are super sized 
these days?" Jeff commented. "These are 
tacticals on steroids. Everything is built up. 
To be a Big Ugly for me, the knife has to 
have a blade over 4 inches long, something 
bigger and beefier than your basic 3 1/2- 
inch blade. Instead of 50-thousandths-inch- 
thick liners, they need to be at least 80 or 
even 100 thousandths, up to twice as thick 
as a 'normal' folder. Ryan had said to make 
something big and aggressive, out of the or- 
dinary, overbuilt, and that was the kind of 
thing he was doing." 

The Big Ugly that put Hall on the map is 

his Bounty Hunter (this issue's cover knife), 
with a 4 1/4-inch blade of CPM S30V stain- 
less steel, liners 80-100-thousandths-inch 
thick, multiple blade grinds, and bolsters and 
handles of carbon fiber or G-10. The Bounty 
Hunter weighs 6 1/2 ounces and the light- 
weight bolsters help trim some of the heft 
that the liners add. The handles are usually 
scalloped, wormholed or labyrinth patterned 
for a decorative touch. Some versions of the 
Bounty Hunter may be upgraded with han- 
dles of giraffe bone or exotic wood. 

Another Hall creation in the Big Ugly cat- 
egory is the Mean Streak, with a 5-inch blade 
and specs very close to the Bounty Hunter. 
Hall's list prices for these knives range from 
$450 to $600. While much of his work is 
already spoken for, he's taking orders again 
after several months of playing catch up. 

Badge of Big Ugly 

At Strider Knives, partners Mick Strider 
and Duane Dwyer both put their military 
backgrounds to work in knife designs. The 
oversized Strider Military Folder (SMF) has 
earned its stripes, including the badge of Big 
Ugly, during rugged use with the U.S. Ma- 
rine Corps. 

"To test the Military Folder, I gave it to 
the Force Recon First Marine Division for 
their group to jump with and see if they had 
any incidents of unwanted openings," ex- 
plained Dwyer. "The greatest compliment 
our company has gotten was when the colo- 
nel commanding was asked for a comment 
for the press. He said, 'How about selected 
by, built for, and issued to the Marine Corps 

Big Uglies Abound 

The demand for Big Ugly folders 
is greater than ever. Military 
and law enforcement personnel 
put them to good use, while out- 
doorsmen find them indispensable 
around the campsite. Even the title 
Big Ugly has a strange appeal, as 
witness Busse Combat Knives' 
new fixed blade of the same name. 
A wide array of Big Ugly folders is 
available at price points beginning 
under $100. 

Additional big uglies to check 
out include the Masters of Defense 
CQD Mark I; the Buck SBT Police 
Utility Knife; the Camillus CUDA 
MAXX; the Apache by Dwaine 
Carrillo; the M-16-14 and Steve 
Ryan Model Seven Black from Co- 
lumbia River Knife & Tool; the Em- 
erson Knives, Inc., Comrade M.F.; 
the Lone Wolf Harsey T-2 Ranger; 
the Prowler 2 by Peter Marzitelli; 
the Microtech Amphibian; Mission 
Knives' MPFl-Ti; SOG's Trident; 
the Spyderco Chinook II; and the 
TOPS Ghost Rider GR01-T. There 

are others, as well. 
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The SMF is a large piece of work with an 
overall open length of 9 inches and a closed 


BLADE / 25 

It was Steve Ryan who inspired Jeff Hall to build Big 
Uglies, and you can get a Ryan design for a fraction of the 
cost of an actual handmade version in the Ryan Model 
Seven Black from Columbia River Knife & Tool. Though 
with an AUS-6M blade on the small side (3 1/2 inches) 
for a Big Ugly, the Model Seven Black is built tough with 
textured Zytel® zig-zag scales. MSRP: $69.99. 

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length of 5.65 inches. The cutting surface 
of the S30V blade is a full 3 inches, and the 
blade is a hefty 3/16 inch thick. The handle 
material is half-and-half 390-thousandths- 
inch textured G-10 pocket milled and bolted 
into 140-thousandths-thick titanium with 
no spacers. Its weight is a surprisingly light 
5.6 ounces. Manufacturer's suggested retail 
price (MSRP): $475. 

"The Military Folder's pivot pin is the 
largest in the industry," Dwyer continued. 
"It's custom made of hardened 400 series 
steel, and the pivot pin is where folders fail 
when they have too much flex in them. We 
don't want this knife to move too easily, so 
we made it strong enough to be the closest 
folder on the market to a fixed-blade knife 
when in the open position. When you're out 
there in a true tactical situation, the one thing 
you give up is the luxury of redundancy, so 
we intentionally built the Military Folder to 
be substantial." 

Extreme-Duty Folder 

The Aftermath Extreme Duty-MAXX Grip 
3D (AXD) is one of Darrel Ralph's best- 
known contributions to the Big Ugly genre. 
His definition of the style is straightforward. 
"Big Ugly is when someone is in a work- 
ing profession and has to use the knife in a 
situation that most folks don't want to think 
about," Darrel related. "That's when you 
need a big, ugly knife, and that's what I build 
them for. They can be carried every day and 

26 / BLADE 


also used in a bad, bad situation. So, the 'ugly 
thing' makes a lot of sense to me." 

It apparently makes a lot of sense to the 
users of the AXD line as well. Available in 
two versions, field and high line, Ralph's list 
prices for the folder range from $350 to $675, 
depending on the detail of finish requested 
and whether it's manual or assisted opening. 
The largest blade in the AXD series is just 
under 4 inches, and all hardware parts are 
constructed of heat-treated stainless steel. 
The liners are titanium. Each knife in the 
AXD series and the similar Mad MAXX 
line is designed to withstand over 1,200-inch 
pounds of pressure without failure. 

When he developed the AXD line, Ralph 
said it was in response to a request from a 
SWAT group in Mississippi. In turn, he asked 
for a list of what the SWAT teamers wanted 
in an ultra-effective tactical folder. 

"They said they wanted to be able to 
pry with it if necessary in a bad situation," 
he said. "They wanted G-10 handle material 
that could be bleached and not damaged in 
the event it came into contact with blood. 
They wanted S30V steel, which has good 
ductility, and a tanto blade that could pierce 
tough materials and have a very good cutting 
action. We gave the AXD a high, flat grind 
with very good slicing properties as opposed 
to short grinds, which are mostly for looks." 

One of the extras on the AXD is the well- 
sculpted handle area with the trademarked 
MAXX grip. The fit is superior, and the 
built-in grippers on each side are for extra- 
solid handling. 

Working Tactical 

The Tefion™-coated 440A stainless steel 
blade of the Cold Steel Recon 1 is fashioned 
with a high bevel for impressive cutting per- 
formance. "I think it's also the broadest-blad- 
ed folding knife on the [factory] market," as- 
serted Cold Steel President Lynn Thompson, 
designer of the Recon 1. "It's both a working 
knife and a tactical knife that punches a big, 
wide hole, if not the biggest hole you can put 
into something with a 4-inch blade. 

"We wanted to have a really effective tac- 
tical folder, and from all I've learned about 
cutting, chopping and stabbing, the big, wide 
blade is most efficient and out cuts narrow 
blades by far." 

The Recon 1 blade is also 9/64-inch thick, 
backed up by heat-treated stainless steel lin- 
ers and five locking bolts. Lightweight at 
5.6 ounces, its handle is rugged Zytel®. The 
Teflon-coated blade not only facilitates cut- 
ting but also resists rust and scratches while 
eliminating reflection. A small pocket clip 
makes carrying easy and doesn't interfere 
with prolonged use. MSRP: $89.99. 

Cold Steel's proprietary mechanism, the 
Ultra Lock, is also featured on the Recon 
1. Two years of experimentation and test- 
ing preceded the introduction of the Ultra 
Lock, which Thompson describes as a major 
advancement in safety and as foolproof as it 
gets. "There is no lock out there any stron- 


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Recon First Marine Division to check it for unwanted openings during para- 
chute jumps. "The greatest compliment our company has gotten was when the 
colonel commanding was asked for a comment for the press," Dwyer noted. 
"He said, 'How about selected by, built for, and issued to the Marine Corps SO- 
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ger," he said. 

The Recon 1 is a star of the Cold Steel 
Proof DVD, which shows the model being 
put through its paces, including being thrown 
100 times into a backstop of 2x4s, stressing 
the lock with repeated blows against hard 
wood, and subjecting the pivot point to 800- 
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When a sturdy, burly performer of a knife is 
needed, and the little ones just won't do, there 
are those hefty blades out there that deliver. 
For the toughest jobs, call on a Big Ugly! 

For the contact information for the knives 
in the story, see "Where To Get 'Em" on 
page 101. 

Cold Steel President Lynn 
Thompson said the Cold 
Steel Recon 1 is both a 
working knife and a tacti- 
cal knife that "punches a 
big, wide hole, if not the 
biggest hole you can put 
into something with a 
4-inch blade." Blade steel 
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stainless. MSRP: $89.99. 

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SW108, MK I Tanto, Plain $49.99 

SW110, MK I Tanto, Serrated $49.99 

SW114, MK II, Serrated $49 

SP2502, Combat Survival Kukri $59.99 

KKR01, Kukri Kydex Replacement Sheath $29.99 

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High carbon steel Tanto-style blades take an edge quickly and 
hold it well. Folders feature thumb studs for one-handed, 
ambidextrous operation. Knives are assembled with Torx 
fasteners for easy maintenance. All knives except the MK-IV 
feature removable deep-draw pocket clips for instant access. A 
fine finish and subdued black color make the line a favorite with 
Public Service professionals as well as serious civilians. 


• Anodized aluminum handles with rubber grip inserts 

• Smooth opening side lock 

• MKI: Hefty dimensions make this a fine, all-purpose knife. 

Specs: Overall- 8-1/2" • Closed- 4-3/4" • Blade- 3-3/4" x 1/16" 

• MK II: Slightly smaller for easier carry/concealment. 

Specs: Overall- 7-1/4" • Closed- 4" • Blade- 3-1/4" x 1/8" 


• Frame lock folders utilize one side of the skeletonized carbon 
steel frame as the locking mechanism with fixed-blade safety 

• Milled thumbrest for positive control 

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• Specs: Overall- 8-1/2" • Closed- 4-3/4" • Blade- 3-5/8" x 1/8" 


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• Black fiber-reinforced nylon handle 

• Black Teflon®-coated blade 

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• Perfectly balanced for chopping, with deep belly for slicing, food 
preparation or game skinning 

• 1095 Carbon Steel full-tang blade 

• Epoxy powder coated for corrosion resistance 

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• Dimensions - 17" overall with 12" x 0.187" blade 
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J, screwdriver, seat-belt cutter, a saw for safety glass, 
Br, half a serrated edge, a window puncher and 
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30 / BLADE 


Editor's note: This is the second installment 
in the author's semi-regular series, "Bug- 
Out Blades," in which he discusses how 
you, along with the help of some of your 
favorite knives, can best cope with most 
any emergency that an increasingly volatile 
world is liable to present. 

It's Oct. 27, 2003. Los Angeles is burning. 
As I write these lines, flames surround 
the city. To date, 15 lives have been lost. 
The fire is spreading. More might die. Mil- 
lions of dollars worth of property has been 
destroyed by the worst fire in the history 
of Southern California, where disastrous 
fires are as common as earthquakes and 
spring rain. 

One arsonist has been arrested. Arson 
differs little from political terrorism in its 
effects on its victims. Just this year I've 
read about or witnessed numerous acts of 
violence and/or terrorism, various natural 
disasters, and more accidental deaths than 
I care to count. 

Yet, many well-sheltered people 1 know 
tell me I'm an alarmist, that my practice of 
being prepared and my belief in self-reli- 
ance amount to paranoia. They say that 
events such as the L.A. fire are aberrations 
that disturb the calm, natural order of our 
daily lives. 

Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Disaster is normal. Disaster is com- 
mon. Disaster is part of life. 


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first step toward dealing with disaster and 
to living a full life. Accepting personal re- 
sponsibility for your safety and well being 
is the next step. 

The Department of Homeland Secu- 
rity consists of good people doing their 
best to make life safe for all Americans. 
So are your fire and police departments. 
I have occasion to talk to quite a few of 
these people. They care. They do "serve 
and protect" to the best of their abilities. 
However, as well intentioned as the mem- 
bers of these organizations are, they can 
only deal with general threats. It's up to 
you to deal with the personal and specific 
circumstances of your life. 

"How would these 

knives help me? I 

don't know. And 

that's the point. 

No one can know." 

— the author 

When I was growing up, everyday re- 
alities were well understood. Americans 
have always had a tradition of self-reliance 
and individual responsibility. 

Today, the popular media and many es- 
tablished institutions would have you be- 
lieve that individual responsibility no lon- 
ger matters. You are told that you should 
rely on others to protect your families and 
yourselves. Don't believe it. 

Those who offer their lives daily in 
your defense simply cannot be in all places 
at all times. There are no supermen. There 
is no way to predict when, how or if di- 
saster might strike. If there were some way 
to do so, you could simply not be present 
for fires, floods, plane crashes, robberies, 
and other events that happen somewhere 
to someone every day. Nor can you predict 
what the nature of some future calamity 
might be. As a result, what you need to do 
is to be prepared in a general way. 

After awareness and the acceptance of 
personal responsibility, the next important 
part of preparedness is your state of mind. 
Think ready. Be ready. 

Next come personal skills and abili- 
ties. These are different for everyone. All 
of you cannot be physically fit as a para- 

32 / BLADE 


trooper on the last day of jump school. Few 
of you have the natural physical abilities 
of, say, Michael Jordan. Nonetheless, all 
of you can act when you must. In fact, the 
most ordinary person can take action well 
beyond what many think of as his limits. 

You've all heard stories of the mother 
who lifted her wrecked car to pull her child 
to safety, or the man who ran into a burn- 
ing building to save his elderly neighbor. 
These stories are true. Ordinary people do 
extraordinary things. 

Consequently, on the scale of impor- 

tance, equipment appears well down the 
list. Nonetheless, gear does matter. The 
right tool at the right time can save a life. 

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Next to my desk is a daypack I use as a lap- 
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computer, pens, a writing pad and other 
daily necessities I take with me when I 
leave home, it also contains a number of 
items that could make the difference be- 
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trauma dressing, a space blanket, a couple 
of butane lighters, a fire starter, a full wa- 
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locking main blade, a saw blade and the 
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open a door in a burning building, cut a 
jammed seat belt, slice a piece of carpet to 
use as a smoke shield, or cut up some stiff 
cardboard to make a splint for a friend's 
broken arm. But if I do need to do any of 
these things, as I have in fact done in the 
past, at least I will have a tool handy for 
the job. 

The knives I have aren't the only knives 
that will serve in an emergency. They just 
happen to be what 1 have today. 

"A good knife 
is the best 

all-around tool 
that exists." 

— the author 

There are dozens of fine knives that 
can be relied on in a pinch. Recently 1 
tested a number of fixed-blade knives for 
use in extreme conditions. Among the big 
knives the Busse Steel Heart, Cold Steel 
Trailmaster, Becker Knife and Tool Com- 
bat Bowie, and Ontario Bagwell Bowie all 
proved trustworthy in an emergency. Re- 
liable small fixed blades included knives 
from Bud Nealy, Benchmade, Spyderco, 
and Fallkniven. Randall knives in all sizes 
have stood the test of time in every part of 
the world. Any of these pieces can be relied 
on for extreme use. And there are others 1 
have not had the chance to try that have 
similar qualities. 

I don't know if a knife will save your 
life or mine, but 1 do know this: A good 
knife is the best all-around tool that exists. 
You can have a cell phone to call for help 
and that might work if the cell network 
is functioning. You might have a full-on, 
end-of-the-world four-wheel drive in your 
driveway, one that will allow you to escape 
a burning city. 

On the other hand, you might choose to 
ignore any possibility of personal threats. 
You might not even have an extra bottle of 
water and a wrench to turn off the gas in 
the event of a broken pipe. However, if you 
feel any need to prepare for whatever life 
might bring, and if you have any tool at all, 
make it a knife. 

For the contact information for the knives 
pictured in the story, see "Where To Get 
'Em " on page 101. 

36 / BLADE 



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A Blade and Saw in 
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SOG's Hunter Revolver is a versatile performer 

I've always heard, "Why use 
a big knife for chopping? 
Just carry a saw." Well, a 
saw is just one more thing to 
carry or to forget to take with 
you. The Hunter Revolver 
from SOG Specialty Knives 
eliminates such concerns by 
combining both a gut-hook 
blade and saw into one neat 

I found it most useful to 
carry the Hunter Revolver with 
the blade rotated open and 
to keep the saw in the handle 

until needed. All it takes is a _^™ 

, c , , , , , , The saw cut so clean the author said he could see the 

push ot a button and a blade ... ... . 

F . . , ' growth rings in the wood. 

or saw — your choice — rotates 
out of the handle and locks into 
position ready for use. The use is where I 
have fun, so let's have some! 


The first area that 1 targeted was the gut 
hook. It's hard to get all the angles correct 

The 1-inch manila rope was no match for the flat-ground, gut- 
hook blade. 

38 / BLADE 

so that a gut hook will do its job. The width 
of the hook and the taper of the hook's edge 
are the two most inadequate areas on the 
majority of gut hooks I've seen. I've had 
them tear the skin and plug up with hair 
before you even get halfway through a deer. 
As you can tell, gut hooks in general are 
not high on my list 
of must haves. 

Be that as it may, 
I started cutting a 
tanned deer hide 
with the Hunter 
Revolver's gut 

hook and, surprise, 
surprise, it actually 
works! With a nice, 
smooth pull I used 
it to zip off a corner 
of the hide in short 

Not wanting 
to cut the rest of 
the hide, I grabbed 
some 8-ounce 

leather for further 

"zipping." Employing my 

thumb and index finger 

only, I used the gut hook to 

slice several thin strips with 

a satisfying crunching 

noise as it passed 

through the leather. A 

great edge angle — and 

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make the Hunter 

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hook work. 

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The gut hook zipped through the 8- 
ounce leather smooth and clean. 

section of cardboard into thin strips. The 
flat-ground AUS-8 stainless steel cut 
aggressively through the cardboard without 
binding or tearing. One-inch manila rope 
did little to stop the edge from cutting. 
After 45 crunching cuts, it slowed a little. 

The handle is a glass-reinforced 
Zytel® that contains stainless steel liners 
to ensure strength. Meanwhile, the grip 
was somewhat sharp and I wasn't wearing 
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made using the knife easier on my hand. 

The blade and saw each have holes in 
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again, I could see growth rings. I really 

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United Cutlery has a licensing agreement 
with Harley-Davidson to make knives under 
the Harley brand name, according to Jessica 
Hall, United's director of sales and marketing. 
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Blue Grass Cutlery Winchester knives 

Boker Heckler & Koch knives 

Camillus Boy Scout knives 

Case John Deere knives 

Frost Professional Bull Riders and 

Humvee knives 

Taylor Cutlery Coleman knives 

United Colt, Uzi and Stanley knives 

Utica/Kutmaster Caterpillar knives 

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If you ride a Hog, drive a Cat or run 
like a Deere, then you'll like the lat- 
est logo knives on the market. You can 
dress birds with your DU knife, slip a PBR 
folder into your pocket before taking mount 
astride an untamed bull, and flick open your 
AFLAC blade while chatting with your in- 
surance agent. Suddenly, it's becoming cool 
to carry a branded blade. 

Perhaps, nowhere can a cutlery enthusi- 
ast find more knife models parading brand- 
name logos than through United Cutlery. 
According to Jessica Hall, director of sales 
and marketing, United has licensing agree- 
ments with Harley-Davidson, Ford, Colum- 
bia Sportswear, Outdoor Life, Colt, Uzi and 
Stanley tools, as well as exclusive rights to 
make knives inspired by those used in The 
Fast & The Furious and the trilogy of The 
Lord Of The Rings movies. 

"Typically, with a licensing agreement, 
we pay the companies up front to use their 
names, logos and imaging, and we give 
them a percentage of the sales of each 
branded knife," Hall explains. "Terms vary 
from company to company, but might in- 
clude who we can sell to, or what channels 
of distribution we can use, how long we get 
to retain the license and what retail prices 
we can charge. 

"It's revenue for them, but really 
Harley-Davidson, for instance, doesn't 
seem to care as much about the money as 
wanting to make sure the brand they've 
worked 100 years to preserve stays pre- 
served. Harley wants to work with com- 
panies they can trust and that offer quality 
products," Hall says. 

Designed by knifemaker Fred Carter, 
the United Harley-Davidson Velocity lock- 
ing-liner folder features an Accelerator as- 
sisted-opening mechanism and dual thumb 
studs. The knife comes in a black- or sil- 
ver-anodized-aluminum handle with a ma- 
chined-aluminum insert for added texture. 
The insert parades a color Harley-David- 
son logo, and the 3 1/4-inch, 440 stainless 
steel blade is etched "Harley-Davidson." 
Three slots are machined through the blade 
to lessen its weight. The manufacturer's 
suggested retail price (MSRP): $1 19.99. 

For United, the practice of signing li- 

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censing agreements, and specifically within 
the movie industry, dates back 20 years to 
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"It opened doors for us," Hall relates. "They 

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Ernest Emerson of Emerson Knives, Inc., 
says it's "sweet" when companies approach 
him to build exclusive knives for them rather 
than vice-versa, and such was the case with 
the German gun manufacturer, Heckler & 
Koch. Emerson designed the CQC-10 H&K 
Knife for Heckler & Koch, but that doesn't 
mean that H&K can't employ the services 
of additional knife companies. Boker USA 
also offers locking-liner folders for Heckler 
& Koch that bear the H&K logo. 

The Emerson H&K locking-liner tacti- 
cal folder features a black-Tefion™-coated, 
spear-point 154CM blade etched with the 
Heckler & Koch logo and an oval thumb 
hole. The knife also sports a G-10 handle 
and Emerson's patented Wave feature for 
ease of opening the blade. The Emerson 
H&K Knife is only available from Heckler 
& Koch, and carries an MSRP of $219.99. 

"We don't sell that 

knife and you 

can't buy it on 

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over cost." 
— Ernest Emerson 

"I've been told by people it's one of 
the best designs we've done," Emerson 
says. "I like it because it has a great feel 
in the hand. H&K said, 'Ernie, all our 
guys carry Emerson knives. Let's do an 
Emerson knife for H&K customers.' We'd 
already been making knives for the H&K 
training division for six or seven years. 

"H&K said, 'Let's step up the quality 
and give customers an expensive, high- 
tier knife,'" Emerson recalls. "I said, 
'Let's make a brand-new model so that 
H&K can have an exclusive knife.' It's not 
an off-the-shelf model with a logo on it. 
When we do a branded knife for someone, 
we do a knife you can't buy anywhere but 
from that company. We don't sell that 
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dollar over cost." 

Emerson does make a handmade ver- 
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and says he always reserves the right to 
build handmade versions of production 
knives he designs. 

"H&K doesn't pay a premium. They 
buy the knife at what amounts to a whole- 
sale price. Absolutely, it's branding," he 
stresses. "What we get is a company that 
promotes the Emerson name and the as- 
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licensing agreements help introduce quality 
knives to new customers. "You might have 
a guy who collects shotguns, and all of a 
sudden, there is a shotgun manufacturer 
offering a knife," he notes. "Prior to that, 
the customer might only have been familiar 
with knives sold at hardware stores." 

Through its The Lord Of The Rings 
knife-and-sword line, United is luring new, 
often young fantasy-knife collectors into 
the market, according to Hall. "The Lord 
of the Rings demand is so high, it's hard 
to keep up," she says. "You can't stop The 
Lord Of The Rings train. 

"One advantage to brand naming knives 
is that you can get into retail stores so much 
easier," Hall adds. "Rather than saying, 
'Here is our folding knife line,' we can say, 
'Here are our Ford, Uzi and Colt knives.' It 
builds good relationships for us." 



considers knives 

to be part of 

a rider's core 

— Jessica Hall 

Hall insists that each logo-bearing knife 
United offers is unique to the brand. "Uzi 
is a gun company geared around the mili- 
tary, and the knives reflect that," she says. 
"Colt is geared toward hunting, camping, 
military, police and law enforcement. We 
introduced the Colt Bowie, a limited-edi- 
tion presentation bowie, and we sold out. 
Harley-Davidson has such a following that 
the brand represents a lifestyle, and its fol- 
lowers will buy anything with Harley on it." 

Of Leather and Logo Knives 

"Harley-Davidson considers knives to be 
part of a rider's core uniform," Hall reveals. 
"You have your leather, you put on your 
boots, you have your hat, and you're carry- 
ing a knife." 

Stewart Taylor of Taylor Cutlery says 
he hopes everyone who owns a John Deere 
tractor will buy a John Deere knife. Taylor 
is no newcomer to the knife-branding game. 
Taylor Cutlery is the exclusive marketer of 
Smith & Wesson knives. "They're branded 
product," Taylor allows. "We're licensees 
for these companies to manufacture and 
sell under their brands. 

"We're experts in the line of cutlery," 

46 / BLADE 


he adds. "These major companies outside 
our industry can get more revenue and get 
their brand names spread out throughout 
the country by licensing us to make knives 
for them. It benefits both parties. I call 
them 'partnerships.'" 

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. also 
has a partnership with John Deere. Avail- 
able from John Deere dealers is a limited 
edition of 250 John Deere mint sets of tra- 
ditional bone-handle Case pocketknives. 

In addition to those with the John 
Deere and Smith & Wesson logos, Tay- 
lor Cutlery sells knives under the Cole- 
man and Texas Rangers brands. Having 
its name associated with world-renowned 
companies like Smith & Wesson is a nice 
benefit. "Smith & Wesson formed in 1852 
and has a long tradition of quality, and it's 
the same with John Deere and Coleman," 
Taylor reports. "Customers recognize cer- 
tain brands for quality. Licensing such 
brands makes it easier for us to venture 
into a varied marketplace." 

Taylor's newest model, the John Deere 
SWJD20, is a prime example of using 
brand recognition to the advantage of all 
involved. The knife showcases a black- 
anodized-aluminum handle with a color- 
laminated inlay portraying a boy driving a 
mini John Deere tractor and pulling pup- 
pies behind him in a matching trailer. The 
locking-liner folder also sports a modi- 
fied-drop-point 440 stainless blade with a 
swedge along its spine, and double, inte- 
gral guards. The MSRP: $49.95. 

"This is the second John Deere design 
we've created, and what's neat about it is 
that Donald Zolan, who's like a modern 
Norman Rockwell, did the artwork, creat- 
ing the happy tractor/trailer scene," Taylor 
enthuses. "Zolan had hooked up with John 
Deere, so together with his name, John 
Deere's name and our brand, we have a 
trio of trademarks on one collectible." 

Taylor sold out of the first John Deere 
knife the company made, and expects 
similar results from the new limited edi- 
tion of 100,000 pieces. "I look at these as 
the best collectibles we've ever produced," 
Taylor says. "I think people who buy these 
knives aren't traditional knife collectors. 
They're John Deere collectors. A lot of 
kids decorate their rooms in John Deere 
motifs, and they'll grow up to want a John 
Deere knife. 

"All because of the artwork on the 
knife, Taylor Cutlery is putting knives into 
certain mail-order catalogs that specialize 
in pillow cases or art prints, product areas 
that we wouldn't normally be associated 
with," he notes. 

The Coleman, John Deere and Smith 
& Wesson brands have also made it eas- 
ier for Taylor to get knives displayed in 
sporting goods stores. "Coleman and 
John Deere are recognized throughout the 
United States for lawn and garden tools, 
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Taylor also has the ability, through blade 
etches and handle inserts, like the color 
John Deere artwork, to offer small produc- 
tion runs of gift and advertising knives. 
Recently, Taylor notes, the Bristol Motor 
Speedway ordered 500 knives in an effort 
to promote NASCAR in and around Sul- 
livan County, Tennessee. "NASCAR sent 
industrial recruiters to Sullivan County 
and asked us if we could have knife han- 
dles color laminated with images of the 
Bristol racetrack for recruiters to give to 
potential clients," Taylor says. "We can 
have an image like that put on a knife 
handle in two days." 

Other knife companies with the ability to 
customize logos for customers include TiN- 
ives, which has made branded blades for the 
supplemental insurance company, AFLAC, 
and for the W.C. Bradley Co., among oth- 
ers. Columbia River Knife & Tool calls its 
promotional knives "company billboards," 
and has imprinted such recognizable logos 
as Humvee and NRA (National Rifle As- 
sociation) on blades. Buck, Grohmann and 
others provide a similar service. 

Imperial Schrade has been a "corporate 
sponsor" for Ducks Unlimited (DU) for 20 
years, according to product manager Tim 
Faust. Schrade's relationship with DU goes 
beyond offering logo-bearing knives. "Out 
of our retail chapter, we supply knives for 

48 / BLADE 


DU meetings all over the country, and 
that helps their association raise money to 
protect wetlands and for other programs," 
Faust explains. 

"We believe in what Ducks Unlimited 
is doing. I think DU originally approached 
us to manufacture a line of knives avail- 
able to our customers," Faust suggests. 
"The DU-branded knives are a perfect fit 
for selling in Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, 
Gander Mountain and even in Ace or 
TruServ Hardware stores. A.G. Russell 
Knives carries some Schrade DU pieces." 

The DU models are not knives from 
the standard Schrade line with new logos, 
Faust stresses. "These are even higher 
quality than our Old Timer and Uncle 
Henry knives. We look at them as being 
almost semi-custom pieces," Faust im- 
parts. "Aside from believing in what DU 
stands for, we realize that the organization 
wants quality products. It doesn't make 
sense to take a standard Old Timer and put 
a DU stamp or logo on it." 

Schrade 's SDU152 upswept hunter 
features a 3 1/4-inch, full-tang 420 stain- 
less steel blade, an oak handle showcasing 
a two-tone DU shield and a leather belt 
sheath stamped with the DU logo. The 
MSRP: $47.95. 

"Licensing such 

brands makes it 

easier for us to 

venture into 

a varied 


— Stewart Taylor 

"The line has been extremely popular, 
and it gives our customers knife models 
at different price points," Faust says. "I 
don't think logos cheapen knives. I think 
if you have a quality product, and if you're 
involved with quality organizations, then 
only good things can come from it. It gets 
more knives in people's hands. I compare 
hunters, fishermen and other outdoors 
men buying logo'd gear, including knives, 
to sports fans wearing Yankees hats." 

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J/'/n Walker's dream project — re- 
producing the legendary Bowie 
No. 1 (above) — is now a reality. As 
with the original, the reproduc- 
tion is 18 1/2 inches long overall, 
with sterling-silver fittings, rope 
filework and a walnut handle. The 
13 1/4-inch blade is 5160 carbon 
steel. "I had a coffee can of scrap 
silver at completion," Walker 
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50 / BLADE 


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Specialties Period pieces and work- 
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Status ABS master smith and a vot- 
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Maker's List Prices $375 and up 

This spring, I received a phone call early 
one morning. The caller told me that A.C. 
Carter had passed away. He was 84. 

Mr. Carter was one of my mentors. 
He lived an unassuming life unknown to 
many. Nonetheless, he was a great man. I 
believe that society as a whole could learn 
from his sayings, among them: "A deal is 
a deal, boy!"; "It's not the money, it's the 
principle of the thing"; "Say what you'll 
do, and do what you say"; "Sometimes it 
will hurt to keep your word, but it won't 
hurt or cost what it would if you don't keep 
it"; and "Never be afraid to stand for what 
you know is right." 

Character, integrity, a refusal to yield; 
these qualities are not unique but they are 
becoming rarer in today's "I-like-or-I- 
don't-want-to" society. If you collect hand- 
made knives, you probably have already 
realized that a knife is worth only what 
the person who made it is worth. In other 
words, the character of the maker is para- 
mount — and Jim Walker has character. 

Jim was born and raised in Hope, Ar- 
kansas. Hope is just 10 miles from historic 
Old Washington, home of the William F. 
Moran School Of Bladesmithing. As a boy, 
Jim went on a field trip to Old Washington 
and was captivated by the legend of James 
Black and the bowie knife. It influenced 
him to such a degree that Black is his bla- 
desmithing hero and Bowie No. 1 is his 
favorite knife. (More on Bowie No. 1 and 
Walker's fascination with it later.) 

Jim graduated high school in 1964 
and, on a football scholarship, started for 
Southern Arkansas University. He enrolled 
in a vocational/technical school to learn to 
weld. He accompanied his brother to Or- 
egon and they worked at a paper mill for a 
year until they got homesick and returned 
to Arkansas. 

Jim joined the National Guard, going 

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for a date." Jim and Anne were married 
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In 1992, Jim started making a few 
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the Moran School. He signed up for the 
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Walker took early retirement from the 
paper mill in 2002, which has given him 
freedom to do more of what he loves — 
making knives. And just for the record, 
those knives are worth having. 

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Jim's honors include the 1995 and 
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2002 Best Hunter and Best Handforged 
Knife, Southeastern Custom Knife Show. 
Jim also took first place at the ABS cut- 
ting competition in 1997. 

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the completion of an exact reproduction 
of Bowie No. 1, based on a highly valued 
19 lh -century knife several noted authori- 
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Jim builds classic styles with a grace- 
ful flow that perform as intended. Bowies 
are his favorite but he offers a wide range 
of designs, including hunters, fighters and 
camp knives. Custom orders are welcome 
and his backlog was about 18 months at 
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der.) He uses natural handle materials, 
15N20 and 1084 for damascus steel, and a 
number of carbon steels. 

As for Jim's three-arrows logo, there's 
a story behind it that says a lot about the 
maker — and the man. "[The arrows] rep- 
resent the total: Anne, Julie and me," he 
said. "I could never have gotten this far 
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What knife do you carry? "A Pete 
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who makes great knives." 
What are your favorite knives of 
all time? "Bowie No. 1 and the Tun- 
stall and Carrigan bowies." 
Who are your favorite knifemak- 
ers of all time? "James Black, Mi- 
chael Connor, Roger Massey, Ron 
Newton, John Fitch, Jim Crowell 
and Jerry Fisk." 

If you could spend time talking 
knives and/or learning knifemak- 
ing with any knifemaker, living or 
dead, who would it be and why? 
"James Black; he was a design ge- 
nius. Everything he did to the knife 
performed a needed function, yet he 
incorporated it in such a way that 
it all flowed together, attaining el- 
egance. That's a hard thing to pull 

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Dwight Towell (right, with Don Henderson at left) won the Best 
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Show for his curvaceous piece in Turkish damascus, blued 
steel and 24k-gold inlay. Overall length: 14 inches. 
(Point Seven knife photo) 

By Butch Winter 

Don Henderson's annual Best of Show/ 
W.W. Cronk honor has recognized some of 
the best art knives of the past two decades 

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W.\iy. Cronk (inset) was a pioneer in the „ 
modern handmade art knife movement. An 
exarriple of one of his magnificent art knives , 
is the Crusader. (Point Seven knife photo) 

For the beginning of the third consecu- 
tive decade, at this year's Knifemak- 
ers' Guild Show, a big man in a big 
cowboy hat will be seen pressing the flesh 
and greeting old friends, all the while keep- 
ing an eye out for the best art knives on 
display. That man will be Don Henderson, 
creator of the annual Best of Show/W.W. 
Cronk Award. 

In 1984, Henderson, a Florida entre- 
preneur, investor and knife enthusiast, 
established the award to honor the most 
outstanding art knife — and the person who 
made it — of the annual Guild Show. (This 
year's show is set for July 30-Aug. 1 at the 
Marriott World Center in Orlando, Flori- 
da.) For longevity, especially for a private 
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for prestige, in the art-knife realm at least, 
it may be the ultimate. 

"Personally, I think it's one of the high- 
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award is concerned," observed Rick Eaton, 
winner of the 2001 Cronk Award. "If I had 
any award I could achieve, it's the one." 

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ment to show that you have gotten to a place 
of recognition and people understand your 
art," he added. 

When it came to art knives, Cronk 
was a pioneer. Who exactly was he and 
how did he help popularize the modern 
handmade art knife? 

The Cronk Story 

William W. "Buddy" Cronk worked as a 
cutter/grinder/machinist for the Ford Mo- 
tor Co. In 1963, he began making knives 
in his spare time in Greenville, Indiana. He 
soon began to tire of making simple hunt- 
ing and working knives and decided to give 
his imagination free rein. As a result, he 
started building fairly elaborate pieces. As 
his confidence grew, so did his imagina- 
tion — as well as the beauty and creativity 
of his knives. 

In 1973, Cronk was accepted as a mem- 
ber of the Guild. Soon, the Guild Show was 
the only knife show he attended. At each 
Guild Show, a crowd always gathered to 
gaze at his latest creations. 

It's hard to describe Cronk's elaborate 
art pieces other than to call them fantasy 
knives. In his younger days he was influ- 
enced by fantasy comic book characters 
such as Tarzan and Conan, where the illus- 
trators let their imaginations run free. 

Cronk's knives were all made from 
440C stainless steel with exotic woods, 
ivory or mother-of-pearl for handles. Some 
are set with precious stones. Ron Skaggs, 
Cronk's favorite engraver, enhanced many 

of Buddy's creations. 

Though in the beginning Cronk would 
take special requests and work to a cus- 
tomer's design, he later stopped taking all 
orders, preferring to concentrate on new de- 
signs and fancy one-of-a-find pieces. Sadly, 
Cronk died in 1983. Fantasy and art knives 
were made before Cronk began, but nobody 
gained more recognition for the new art 
form than he did. It's safe to say that Cronk 
is the father of the modern American art 
and fantasy knife. 

Dwight Towell, winner of the Cronk 
Award in 2002, started making knives in 
1970 and knew Cronk. Towell said Cronk 
revolutionized knives with his artistic piec- 
es. "Until Cronk," Towell recalled, "every- 
body pretty much just made straight bowies 
and daggers." 

Despite passing away over 20 years ago, 
Cronk's influence remains strong. Buster 
Warenski — along with Fred Carter, another 
two-time winner of the award — and Cronk 
inspired Barnett to make art knives. "They 
provided the vision for my art knives," Bar- 
nett noted. Added Eaton, "Cronk was ahead 
of his time for art knives." 

In all, Cronk probably made somewhere 
between 100 and 200 of his fantastic knives. 
He continued working at Ford until his 
death, but his passion was the knives that he 
made in his spare time. He enjoyed draw- 
ing the superbly detailed illustrations of his 
creations, and then executing the designs 
of what were some of the most elaborate 
knives of his generation. 

Cronk knives aren't for everyone. There 
are several advanced collectors who spe- 
cialize in art and/or fantasy knives, but just 
two or three who specialize in Cronk knives 
only. Henderson is one of those collectors 

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and he wanted Cronk's work to be recog- 
nized and perpetuated — thus the creation of 
the Cronk Award., 

First Year 

In the first year of the honor, the winner 
was chosen by a vote of all the people 
who attended the show. However, that ap- 
proach had to be dropped because, at the 
time, the Guild didn't officially sanction 
any award except its annual Red Watson 
Memorial Friendship Award. 

As a replacement, Henderson formed 
a committee to choose the award winner. 
The current members of the committee are 
Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer© 
Joe Drouin, Paul Lansingh, Steve Schwar- 
zer and this writer. All scour each Guild 
Show, searching for that one particular 
knife that best exemplifies Cronk's work. 
The committee discusses its choices and the 
knives' best characteristics. The discussion 
can become heated at times, but the commit- 
tee finally reaches a consensus and chooses 
a winner. There are many times when the 
choice is a very difficult one and, in the case 
of a tie, Henderson is the tiebreaker. 

At last year's Guild Show, Henderson 
carried the presentation to another level 
by adding a $1,000 check to enhance the 
award's prestige. He also filled two display 
tables with Cronk knives to share Buddy's 
legacy with the public, and with the newer 
Guild members who had never seen actual 
examples of Cronk's creations. 

"Don has really stepped up and carried 
the Cronk Award on his own," noted Alfred 
Pendray, Guild president. "The Guild ap- 
preciates him doing that and carrying on 
the Cronk tradition." 

The winners of the Best of Show/W.W. 
Cronk Award are: Tom Maringer (1984); a 
collaboration between Louis Mills and Jim 
Kelso ('85); Paul Fox ('86); Buster Waren- 
ski ('87); Fred Carter ('88 and '89); Wolf- 
gang Loerchner ('90); Ron Richards ('91); 
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Wolfgang Loerchner ('98); Van Barnett 
('99); Bertie Rietveld ('00); Rick Eaton, 
('01); Dwight Towell ('02); and Jan Slezak 

In the next several years of the award, 
it will be interesting to see the creations 
that vie for the honor, prestige and now 
the monetary prize that has been added. 
Henderson is to be congratulated for his 
20 years of support of knives from mak- 
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for excellence and innovation in modern 
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to the judge's question of whether Mr. 
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line and $25 court costs." "The whole 
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By Steve Shackleford 

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Knife designer Paul Ehlers watched 
the TV news report vilifying Licata 
and telephoned Blade Magazine 
Cutlery Hall Of Famer® Gil Hibben. 
Gil's wife, Linda, saw the report on 
the Internet and became so incensed 
that she called the Hibbens' lawyer to 
come to Licata's aid. Here are Gil and 
Linda with one of Gil's fantasy pieces 
at the 1999 Knifemakers' Guild Show. 
(Harvey photo) 

In an all-too-familiar example — even by 
television news' tawdry standards — of 
predatory broadcast journalism, knife- 
maker Steven Licata was, for all practical 
purposes, run out of town by a report on 
New York City's WCBS this past May 11. 

The slanted bit of so-called investiga- 
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maker of art and fantasy knives, swords 
and battle-axes since 1988, as a merchant 
of death living in the shadow of a local 
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The ramifications for knifemakers ev- 
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Meanwhile, all is not lost for Licata. 
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Licata's work, Lica- 
ta said the man act- 
ed as if he'd never 
touched a sword be- 
fore. "I should have 
know then some- 
thing was wrong," 
Licata recalled. 

A few days later, 
Fiandaca and her 
film crew showed up 
at Licata's door step, 
asking questions and 
editing them — and 
Licata's responses — 
in the resulting news 
report to portray 
Licata as more of a 
dealer in illicit drugs 
rather than the repu- 
table craftsman that 
he is. 

As it turns out, 
the man who had 
visited Licata a few 
days previous was 
a so-called under- 
cover photographer 
who invaded Licata's 
privacy by filming 
the inside of Licata's 
house via a hidden 
camera in his eye- 
glasses — without 
Licata's knowledge 
or permission! The 
man also filmed Li- 
cata's 3 1/2-year-old 
son near the swords 
and axes, with Fi- 
andaca commenting 
during the report that 
Licata's "2-year-old 
son, whom he calls 

Forty-eight inches 
long overall, the 
440C blade is 3/8- 
inch thick and the 
hilt is cocobolo on 
this Licata fantasy 
sword. The inlays 
are garnets. 

64 / BLADE 


his apprentice, played dangerously near 
the weapons." 

It was the implication that Licata was a 
negligent parent that really hit home. De- 
spite the fact that Licata said he was within 
arm's reach of his son during the filming, 
Licata couldn't be seen in the footage and 
it appeared that his son was left unattend- 
ed playing by the swords. Even so, it's not 
like Licata's son has never been around his 
father's work before. 

"Knifemakers' kids are taught to re- 
spect knives and swords," Licata observed. 
"I grew up a son of a police chief. I knew 
not to touch a gun. I kidded around with the 
news crew that my son is 'my apprentice.' 

He's done little knifemaking jobs with me 
that are safe, like dyeing leather in sheath 
work, setting rivets and so on. My family 
had machine shops. If you grew up with it, 
you have that feel for it. Many knifemakers 
teach their kids about knifemaking." 

In a nutshell, Fiandaca's slanted re- 
port — entitled "Weapons For Sale" after 
being changed from "Death For Sale" — 
accused Licata of making swords and 
knives in the little 8x10 shed in his back- 
yard and selling them from his home. The 
local ordinance Licata reportedly was in 
violation of is operating a business from 
his home in Garfield's city limits. Though 
Licata said he had already been cited for 

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the same charge earlier and the case had 
been dismissed, that didn't dissuade Fi- 
andaca and WCBS from conducting their 
anti-Licata crusade. 

Not only does Licata insist that he 
sells his knives and swords exclusively 
via the Internet and knife shows, but the 
equipment and machinery required to 
make his elaborate pieces necessitates 
that they be made in a larger facility 
away from his home. 

"Can you imagine the 800-pound mill- 
ing machine and a power hammer that it 
takes to make my swords and axes in an 
8x10 shed?" he asked. "All I've got in there 
is a belt sander and a grinder for putzing 
around. It's just a hobby shop!" 

Concerning Fiandaca's irresponsible 
insinuation in her news report that Lica- 
ta's battle-axes could be bought by high 
school students, Licata was dumfounded. 
"I showed [Fiandaca and the news crew] 
a $3,500 battle-ax that I did with Dr. Paul 
Grussenmeyer," Licata recalled. "Then Fi- 
andaca said, 'Do you know there is a high 
school right down the street?' My response 
was, 'What does a school have to do with 
anything? High school students do not buy 
$3,500 battle-axes.' She had no response 
to that." 

"If you make 
knives, you are 
fair game for sen 
sationalized tele- 
vision reports." 
— the author 

However, the damage was done. Fian- 
daca had accomplished her two comple- 
mentary goals — to outrage local parents 
who "should be shocked" that knives and 
swords were where they allegedly could 
be obtained by students who attend the 
local high school, and, more importantly 
to Fiandaca and her employers, to boost 
WCBS's ratings. 

Nonetheless, the real story had only 
just begun. 

Cutlery Cavalry To The Rescue! 

Knife designer Paul Ehlers, who lives near 
Licata, saw the report on television and 
called Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall Of 
Famer® Gil Hibben. Mrs. Linda Hibben 
then saw the report on the Internet, where 
WCBS had posted it for viewing by any 
and all who might be interested. 

66 / BLADE 


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Closed length: 9 1/2 inches. 

And were they interested! 

While Linda stewed over WCBS's 
groundless attack on Licata and, in ef- 
fect, knifemakers in general, members 
of various Internet cutlery, gun and re- 
enactment forums — including the sev- 
Society of Creative Anachronism among 
the latter — saw the report on the Internet, 
and the floodgates were opened. Licata 
was inundated with letters and emails of 
support from as far away as New Zealand, 
while WCBS was flooded with letters and 
emails of condemnation. 

Meanwhile, Mrs. Hibben called the 
Hibbens' lawyer, Edwin F. Kagin, who 
agreed to represent Licata. On behalf of 
Licata, Kagin drafted a letter to WCBS 
advising the station to cease and desist in 
replaying the report on the Internet, which 
WCBS promptly did. Licata said he also 
has retained Kagin to prosecute a claim for 
injunctive relief and damages against Fian- 
daca and WCBS. 

Unfortunately for Licata, though all 
the support is gratifying, it was too little 
too late to keep him from having to move. 
Apparently, some busybody in his neigh- 
borhood had been spying on him and his 
family, including Licata's son, in an effort 
to "dig up some dirt" on the knifemaker. 
The same busybody apparently had called 
the local Division of Youth & Family Ser- 
vices (DYFS), claiming that Licata's son 
had been playing with "swords and sticks" 
in the yard. The "sword" was a toy light sa- 
ber, and Licata said DYFS investigated the 
incident and dismissed it. The same busy- 
body probably called Fiandaca. However, 
rather than subject his family to contin- 
ued abuse and harassment, Licata decided 
enough was enough. 

But the story doesn't end there. At press 


time, Licata's legal proceedings against 
WCBS were continuing. He had also 
contacted the Federal Communications 
Commission to see if he had any recourse 
against WCBS, though it's his understand- 
ing that unless he can provide written evi- 
dence from WCBS that Fiandaca's editor 
and producer told Fiandaca to distort the 
news, the FCC cannot act. Hence, it ap- 
pears that news reporters can get away 
with lying as long there is no written docu- 
mentation that they were told to do so by 
their superiors. 

In the interim, Licata, after undergo- 
ing what for him and his family has been 
a life-changing experience, has decided to 
do something positive as a result of a nega- 
tive situation. He's drafted a letter to James 
E. McGreevey, governor of New Jersey, in 
an effort to have the state recognize lead- 
ing makers of swords and knives as nation- 
al living treasures, much as the University 
of North Carolina-Wilmington did ABS 
master smith Jerry Fisk in 1999. 

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will continue to make knives, swords and 
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1: Was the Pathfinder— the Model 26— 
meant to be a small version of the Model 
25? Also, I've seen a few Model 26s with a 
false top edge. What's the story on them? 
(S.W., Oakwood, California) 

The Model 26 was designed by H.C. Mate 
and ordered through Randall dealer Jack 
Crider of Columbus, Ohio, in 1988. After 
the order for Mr. Crider was completed, it 
was decided to add the design to the Ran- 
dall line and production started in 1989. The 
new design also was used as an L.L. Bean 
special and had a serial number. 

In 1993, the knife first appeared in the 
30th printing of the Randall catalogue in 
an inset picture. It was at that time that it 
was named the Pathfinder and assigned the 
model number of 26. 

In mid-1994 the Pathfinder was added to 
an insert in the catalogue and shown with 
the Model 25-type handle configuration. 
The Pathfinder was never meant to be a 
smaller version of the Model 25. It was il- 
lustrated with the 25-type handle configu- 
ration to show what other styles of handle 
could be added to it. 

As for the false top edge on the Model 
26, a few had the false edge done by the 
Randall shop. It was not then and is not now 
a standard design. 

2: What's happened to The Fighting Knife 
book that was sold through the Randall 
catalogue for many years? (name and ad- 
dress n/a) 

The Fighting Knife went out of print a few 

Ron Richards of California sent the 
author a photograph of this nice old 
Model 7 with a brown-button Johnson 
sheath. If you have a picture of a Randall 
knife you'd like to share with BLADE® 
readers, send it to "The Randall Answer 
Man," c/o BLADE, 700 E. State St., tola, 
Wl 54990. (Richards photo) 

years ago and it was decided not to have 
any more printed. The book was deleted 
from the 33 rii printing of the catalogue in 
2002. It was then that the on-hand stock 
ran out. 

Knife fighting has changed so much 
since when Mr. Randall and Col. Rex Ap- 
plegate wrote it, The Fighting Knife was just 
no longer a good reference or instruction 
source. It really is outdated. 

3: When I requested a single hilt on a 
Model 16 with sawteeth, the Randall of- 
fice recommended that a double hilt be 
installed rather than the single. Why do 
you think such a recommendation was 
made? (G.N., Canada) 

The double hilt gives you protection in 
case your thumb or hand slips forward 
onto the blade. The sawteeth can cut you 
just as well as the light gauge metal for 
which they are designed. If you insist, the 
single hilt will be used. 

4: Why can't I order a Model 5 with a 
4-inch blade and a double hilt? (T.W., 
Jamestown, New York) 

With the addition of a double hilt, the 
Model 5 has been mistaken for a miniature 
Model 1. To eliminate the confusion, the 
Model 5 with the 4-inch blade can't be or- 
dered with the double hilt. 

Oldie But Goody 

A while back, I asked you BLADE® readers 
to send me pictures of some of your "oldie- 
but-goody" Randall knives. Ron Richards 
of California mailed in a photograph of a 
real nice old Model 7 with a brown-button 
Johnson sheath. 1 sure could use more pho- 
tographs like this one! 

As Randall aficionados know, the Model 
7 first appeared in 1945 with a 4-inch blade 
but, after some extensive use by Mr. Ran- 
dall, he changed the length of the blade to 4 
1/2 inches. According to the Randall cata- 
logue of 1948, the Model 7 also was avail- 
able with a 5-inch blade. The two lengths 
are still offered today. 

5: What's the story on the ferrule used for 
the wrist thong? (name and address n/a) 

The ferrule was made available on request 
in the 1970s. It was added and shown in the 
catalogue in the 1980s. At first, the wrist 
thong was a metal loop added under the 
nut of most Randall knives with a buttcap. 
Knives with no buttcaps had a hole drilled 
through the handle material and a slight 
countersink on both sides. The drilling was 
much easier than making metal clips. As a 
result, holes were drilled and countersunk 
on all knives starting in the late 1940s. 

6: What can you tell me about the knurl- 
ing of the Model 18 handle? (R.W., At- 

The Fighting Knife went out of print a 
few years ago and it was decided not 
to have any more printed. The book 
was deleted from the 33 rd printing of 
the catalogue in 2002. It was then that 
the on-hand stock ran out. (Hamilton 

lanta, Georgia) 

The Model 18 was designed as a survival 
knife. The hollow handle was for storing 
small survival items — matches, fishhooks, 
etc. The outside of the handle was designed 
so that steel leader wire and fishing line 
could be wrapped around it, which in turn 
could be covered by tape or any other ma- 
terial. The knurling was started in 1984 as 
a result of requests by those who wanted a 
rough surface for a better grip. They weren't 
interested in the wrapping, they just wanted 
to use the knife as is. 

Surprising Find 

I thought you all might like to hear about 
a shocking find I made. While traveling 
around southern Georgia, I ran across an 
old general store that was going out of busi- 
ness. While looking around inside it, I al- 
most had a heart attack — 1 found a few of 
the old Washita hones! Needless to say, I 
bought all the store had. What a find! 

If you live in the country, you might 
check some of the old stores for such things. 
Also, keep an eye out for the real old and 
odd red hone with the fishhook groove. 

A Friend To All 

I hate to end on a very sad note but I must. 
This past March 2, the world of knives and 
especially the Randall family lost a great 
lady in Pat Clinton, a friend to all. 

We all will miss her pleasant smile! 

To her husband, Tom, and children Pat- 
ty, TD, Glenn and Gary, our hearts go out 
to you! 

Sendy our questions — as well as pictures of any 
of your old Randall knives you d like to share 
with BLADE® readers — to "The Randall 
Answer Man," c/o BLADE, 700 E. State 
St., lola, Wl 54990 blademagazine@krause. 
com, or contact the author at 850.539.4320 
fax 850.539.4992. For information on how to 
verify the authenticity of your Randall knife, 
contact the author. 


BLADE / 69 

question & 

■ question & answer 


By Wayne Goddard 

dlmuc Tieia ecu Tor 

Basic Facts About Fibermascus 

The author gives you the lowdowo oo the oew damascus-like haodle material 

When I saw an advertisement for 
Fibermascus, the new handle 
material that resembles damas- 
cus in appearance, 1 immediately went to 
the appropriate Web page and ordered some 
International Orange. 1 also asked for some 
scrap pieces as samples to see what the 
different fabrics/patterns and colors were 
like. The assortment I received was very 
exciting, so I'd like to share some basic 
facts about the material and the contact 

In June 2002, Gary Riner started with 
the idea to produce a composite material 
that would mimic the appearance of 
damascus steel. He relates that, just as in 
making steel damascus patterns, much of 
the material ends up on the shop floor. 
This contributes to making the material 

Fibermascus is a composite material 
made from layers of fabric arranged in 
color combinations and shapes that can 
mimic those in pattern-welded steel. Fiber- 
mascus can be made in about any color or 
combination of colors. One sample piece 
had random colors and shapes running 
through it, with sprinkles of metal flake 
thrown in for dramatic effect. 

The manufacturing process for Fiber- 
mascus is entirely different than for 
Micarta®. From the few samples I ground 
and finished, the resin seems to be harder 
than that on the cotton and canvas Micarta 
that I use. Standard finishing techniques 
used by knifemakers should be sufficient, 
though, as with any new material, it might 
take some getting used to. 

Gary will design a custom piece of 
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1: Can propane gas be used instead of 
natural gas as a heat source for knife- 
making? (Robert Rutley, Roswell, New 

I've only used propane for my homemade 
forges. I've used a Mankel Forge running 
on natural gas at the William F. Moran 
School of Bladesmithing in Old Washing- 
ton, Arkansas, and it worked just fine. I 
know smiths who work with natural gas in 
their homemade forges, and those forges 
work very well for both forging and forge 
welding. The natural-gas pressures needed 
to run a forge would be approximately half 
that of propane, so an increase in orifice 
size is necessary to get sufficient heat. I 
cannot give an exact size for the orifice 
because each burner/chamber combination 
will require a different size depending on 
whether a forging temperature or welding 

temperature is wanted. 

My wife, Phyllis, and I have natural 
gas that supplies the forced-air furnace 
and water heater to our house. I had the 
gas company come out to see what was 
necessary for a natural gas hookup for my 
forges. I was told that it would be necessary 
to use hard plumbing (steel) to within 6 
feet of the forge. With natural-gas pres- 
sures being lower than propane, too much 
pressure would be lost due to the distance 
from my meter to my forge if a common 
gas hose were used. 

The gas man asked for an estimate of 
the BTUs that the forge would take. I didn't 
know the answer but he calculated it based 
on how much propane I use in an hour 
when welding. The estimate was in the 
neighborhood of 85,000 BTUs. He said 
that my existing meter would most likely 
handle the house furnace, water heater 

Here 's an assortment of Fibermascus colors and patterns. "A " is black and purple, 
"B" is lime and olive, "C" is turquoise, and "D" is red, white and blue. All are done in a 
ladder pattern. (Goddard illustration) 

70 / BLADE 


and the forge. If the meter didn't handle 
the additional volume of gas necessary, 
the gas company would replace it with a 
larger one. Since that time, as part of normal 
maintenance procedures, the meter has been 
replaced with a new one. The installer said it 
had a larger capacity, so I'd probably have no 
problem running a forge with natural gas. I 
just haven't taken the time to get the plumb- 
ing done. 

If I had the natural gas hookup, I'd never 
have to drive the mile to get my five-gallon 
bottles filled. I have five or six bottles and 
never make the trip unless I have two or 
three empties. It's just not a problem to deal 
with the bottles, so that's one reason why I 
haven't switched to natural gas. 

Welding forges pull the propane out fast 
enough that a five-gallon bottle will freeze 
up with about a gallon or two left in it. I 
solve that problem by keeping the bottle in 
a container of water with a heater in it. The 
heater keeps the water at about 70°F, which 
is adequate to solve the freezing problem. 
That allows me to run the bottle until it's 
completely empty. That's one more reason 
not to switch to natural gas. 

Marble's Blade Follow-up 

In the "Question & Answer" of the August 
BLADE®, I discussed a heat-treating experi- 
ment with a 1940s-era Marbles' knife blade. 
At the recent Oregon Knife Show, I showed 
the blade to my friend from Boston, ABS 

master smith J.D. Smith. (Editor's note: See 
Smith's story on his new damascus CD on 
page 118.) His experience with 1095 and 
W-l is far greater than mine and he knew 
right away why the full quench resulted in a 
temper line. 

The simple high-carbon-steel types 
have no significant alloy element other 
than carbon, which makes them shallow 
hardening. That is, in thick sections they 
won't harden to the center of the piece. The 
time/temperature of my quench got the steel 

The Mankel natural gas forge puts out the heat at the William F. Moran School of Blade- 
smithing in Old Washington, Arkansas. The author said he thinks that's James Turner 
from Missouri, class of '94, at the forge. (Goddard illustration) 




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hard to a depth of approximately .040 inch, 
which is more than adequate. I determined 
the depth by taking a micrometer measure- 
ment of the blade thickness at the temper 
line. While I knew the theory of shallow 
hardening, I had never seen it work on a 
knife blade. 

2: Can stainless steel be heat treated with 
a propane forge? Also, is 52100 corro- 
sion resistant enough to be compared to 
440C? (Paul Jochim, address n/a) 

All the stainless-steel types used for knives 
require a very careful regulation of the 
temperature in heating for the quench and 
tempering cycles, a regulation that isn't 
possible in a forge. What's more, in order to 
get the full potential from 440C, it should 
be freeze treated, which has nothing to do 
with the forge issue but is something that 
precludes it from the back-yard heat-treat- 
ing department. 

The small amount of chromium in 
52100 gives it no noticeable amount of 
stain resistance. The folks who make steel 
have determined that it's necessary to have 
a minimum of 12 percent chromium in a 
steel type to give it adequate stain resis- 
tance to be stainless in normal use. The 
bottom line is that most stainless knife 
steels will be attacked by salt water, blood 
from game animals, fruits, vegetable juices 
and the like. The amount of damage will 
depend on the specific chromium content. 
ATS-34 and 154CM have 14 percent chro- 
mium and don't show the same resistance 
to corrosion that 440C does with its 18 
percent chromium. 

Recently, I saw a steel type listed as 
stainless that had only 10 percent chro- 
mium. Either the rules have changed for 
a steel to be stainless or the listing was a 

This isn't part of the question but 
my opinion is that heat treating stainless 
blades is not cost efficient for the average 
knifemaker. I send my stainless blades to a 
professional heat treater and figure it saves 
me a lot of money. 

Grinder/Grinding Belt Follow-up 

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for KLINGSPOR Abrasives Inc., wrote the 
following in response to my answer about 
abrasive belts and grinder size in the June 

"Yes, butt splices are the norm for the 
knifemaker, and no, they don't cost more. 
Also, butt-spliced belts can be run in either 
direction, even if there are arrows on the 
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9680 Agency Wanted 
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9700 Books / Magazines / 

9705 Buy / Sell / Trade 
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9712 Cigar Cutters 
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9825 Knife Rolls 
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9875 Knifemaking Supplies 
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9935 Multiple Brands For Sale 

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JACK CRAIN "Texas Bowie"- made 3/90- been in safe since. 
8 3/4" blade, 14 1/4" overall length. Gold wire braid over 
Ironwood handle. Engraved buttcap & blade guard. 
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BUCK KNIVES on consignment. To sell or for list of knives to 
buy, call Larry Oden. 765-472-2323 wkday eves, or Sat. 
References available. 

OLDER CASE pocketknives for sale. XX, USA, 10 Dot and 
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WANTED: CASE pocketknives especially 10 Dot and older. 
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WWW.TACWATCH.COM has Emerson Commanders in stock 
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LOVELESS KNIVES wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 181, 
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MORAN KNIVES wanted by collector. Bob 415-768-4821. 



REMINGTON BULLET Knives; special knife issues; posters; 
Remington company collectables. 800-622-5120. 

SCAGEL KNIVES and Axes wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 39840. 229-732-6982 anytime. 


EXQUISITE HANDMADE Dendritic Steel Kitchen Cutlery, 
Outdoor Knives, Basics and folders, with or without original 
artwork etched on the blades. Superb edge holding & easy to 
sharpen. Francine Etched Knives 

BUYING UNUSUAL Multi tools. Have most major tools. If you 
have unusual or rare tools, send description and price to: 
David W. Long, PO Box 996, Paducah, KY 42002. 

FOR SALE: Antlers (deer, elk, moose), buckskins, tanned furs, 
etc. Over 150,000 items. Complete Internet catalog (pictures). 

WANTED: ANY condition handmade knives; Randall, Scagel, 
Ruana, F.S. Richtig, Morseth, Bone, Cooper, Loveless, 
Moran, Lile, etc. Also military knives and pocketknives, 
watches. Send description and price to: Angelo Solino, 201 
Toronto Ave., Massapequa, NY 11758. 516-798-4252. 
WILLIAM HENRY specialist. Please call to buy or sell any 
current production or older William Henry pieces. Major cards 
accepted and all purchases include free shipping. Contact 
Shannon Turner 434-738-8647. 


COLLECTOR GRADE Knives- Queen, Schatt & Morgan, Ka-Bar, 
Robeson, Remington and Case. We stock knifepaks and rolls. 
Send $2 for our catalog. S&S & Sons Cutlers, POB 5010, 
Lomita, CA 90717. 310-326-3869 or visit our web site 

CRK&T, SPYDERCO, Benchmade, Cold Steel, Case, Linder, 
Marbles +many more. Large selection, low prices. Over 5,000 
items. 146 page color catalog. Send $3, refundable with 
puchase. Visa & MC. Ruff's Sadddle Shop Knife Sales, 20747 
Wiygul Rd, Umatilla, FL 32784, 352-669-3143, E-mail: 

DISCOUNTS UP to 55% on Case, Columbia River, Chris Reeve, 
Buck, Puma, Lone Wolf, Smith and Wesson, Gerber, Boker, 
Benchmade, Spyderco, Queen Schatt & Morgan, Kershaw and 
many more. Free catalog. Sooner State Knives, PO Box 67, 
Konawa, OK 74849. 580-925-3708 VISA/MC. or visit our web site 

GREEN RIVER Knives, ivory micarta, buffalo horn, oak, with 
sheaths. Brochure $1 York Mountain Enterprises, RD2 Box 
272B Dept. B, Pittsfield, PA 16340. 

HISTORIC 112-page reprint of vintage 1922 Maher & Grosh 
cutlery catalog, delivered for $9.95. Catalog, 1078 Duke Dr., 
Conyers, GA 30013. E-mail 

KNIFE LIST: Usually 200+ old/ new/ discontinued items. $1 
(refundable) and large SASE to: Knives, 1426 S. 167th St., 
Omaha, NE 68130 or 

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LIST OF over 600 automatic antique and modern knives. 
Including Case Zippers, Ka-Bar, Grizzly, Presto, Flylock, Case, 
Remington, Latama, Italian pick locks and many more brands. 
Send $5.00 refundable with first order. Skelton Enterprise, 
Jerry Skelton, 3795 Hwy. 188, Alamo, TN 38001. 731-656- 
2443. Request list "S". 

THROWING KNIFE catalog and instruction sheet sent free for 
SASE to: Tru-Balance Knife Co., PO Box 140555, Grand 
Rapids, Ml 49514. 


FREE SAMPLE! Miracle Polishing Cloth. Cleans, polishes, 
protects ANY surface. 504% profits. 314-781-5400. Fax: 314- 


CUSTOM LASER engraving for knives, tools, etc. Call Laser 
Blades 800-966-5643 or fax 941-378-9427 for quote. 

IVORY LEGAL African elephant sold in full tusks or sections. 
Alan Zanotti, 22 Goodwin Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360. 508-746- 

IVORY PRE-BAN African elephant sold in slabs, tusk sections, 
and whole tusks. Warther's of Ohio, 330-343-1 865. 

MANKEL'S 130# shop anvils. Natural gas or propane fired 
shop forges. Tongs and hammers. Good used trip hammers. 
Call for prices. Mankel 616-874-6955. 

NORDIC KNIVES and materials, handmade and factory made. 
Blades, sheaths, wood, leather. Large selection. 

STEEL TANG Stamps: Mark your knives with your name, logo 
or design. Quality hand-cut hardened steel stamps made to 
your specifications. "If it's worth making, it's worth marking." 
Established 1898. Henry A. Evers, Corp. 72 Oxford St., 
Providence, Rl 02905. 401-781-4767. 




DESERT IRONWOOD- screwbean mesquite. Knife handles, 
gun stocks, pistol grips, contenders and encores a specialty, 
finished or raw blocks, will ship UPS. 480-948-3638. 
Satisfaction guaranteed. 

IRONWOOD BURL scales, blocks, folders, squares, cubes, 
logs online at and other 
woods 520-625-5067. 

KNIFE WEBSITE: Own your very own knife webstore, make 
money selling top quality, brand name blades and swords, call 
Ken 954-815-7587 or email 

30 YEAR maker retiring due to health. Complete Custom Knife 
Machine Shop For Sale. Call for details or write: Ask Storm 
765-349-4194. Heritage Knives, 1580 Country Club, 
Martinsville, IN 46151. 



OIL HARDENING/ zone and clay tempering- all steels. Lee 
Oates, PO Box 1391, LaPorte, TX 77572-1391. For prices 281-587-6080. 


ENJOY MINIATURE knives? Join the Miniature Knifemakers 
Society. For information, contact: Earl Witsaman, 3957 
Redwing Circle, Stow, OH 44224, E-mail: 

CUSTOM LEATHER Knife Sheaths in your design or mine. 
Write or call: Robert Schrap, 7024 W. Wells St., Wauwatosa, 
Wl 53213. 414-771-6472 evenings or 

FINE FOLDERS deserve protection. Ron Lake and Mike Walker 
send their folders with one of these soft goatskin, ultrasuede 
lined slips. Six sizes for pocket or belt. Arne Mason, 258 
Wimer, Ashland, OR 97520. 541 -482-2260, fax 541 -482-7785. 

FOR SALE Raffle tickets for the National Knife Collectors 
Association 2004 KNIFE RAFFLE, drawing to be held October 
23, 2004. The NKCA is raffling off four custom knives as a 
fundraiser this year; custom made 23" dagger, one-of-a-kind, 
by Ben Shostle in 1993, valued at $10,000; custom made 
Dietmer Kressler ivory handled hunting knife, valued at 
$2,000; custom 2-bladed Saddlehorn folder by John Howser; 
and a custom made miniature damascus hunting knife by 
Roger "Mudbone" Jones. Also, (2) Queen Cutlery Co Pearl 
Prototypes; and one custom axe by Ryan Johnson. You do not 
have to be present to win in raffle, as the winners will have 
knives shipped to them in October. RAFFLE TICKETS- $10-12 
tickets; $20-24 tickets; $50-60; etc. Mail your check/ money 
order to NKCA RAFFLE, PO Box 21070, Chattanooga, TN 
37424-0070 or call and charge to VISA/MC, (423) 892-5007 or 
e-mail: for more information. Give us your 
mailing address if sending check/ money order. 

FOR SALE Raffle tickets for the National Knife Collectors 
Association 2004 KNIFE RAFFLE, drawing to be held October 
23, 2004. The NKCA is raffling off four custom knives as a 
fundraiser this year; custom made 23" dagger, one-of-a-kind, 
by Ben Shostle in 1993, valued at $10,000; custom made 
Dietmer Kressler ivory handled hunting knife, valued at 
$2,000; custom 2-bladed Saddlehorn folder by John Howser; 
and a custom made miniature Damascus hunting knife by 
Roger "Mudbone" Jones. You do not have to be present to win 
in raffle, as the winners will have knives shipped to them in 
October. RAFFLE TICKETS- $10-12 tickets; $20-24 tickets; 
$50-60; etc. Mail your check/ money order to NKCA RAFFLE, 
PO Box 21070, Chattanooga, TN 37424-0070 or call and 
charge to VISA/MC, (423) 892-5007 or e-mail: 
for more information. Give us your mailing address if sending 
check/ money order. 


CUSTOM SCRIMSHAW by Juanita Rae Conover. Single or full 
color. Wildlife a specialty. Exceptional quality. Call for sample 
pictures and turn around information. PO Box 70442, Eugene, 
OR 97401 , 541 -747-1 726 or 

COOTE BELTGRINDER and contact wheels. Visit us at, E-mail, phone 

CUTTING EDGE CUTLERY is CANADA'S source for knives. Visit or Call 306. 374. EDGE for your needs. No one 
in CANADA has more knives. 

WEBSITES FOR knifemakers, collectors and suppliers- design 
and development. Reasonable prices. Support and 
maintenance included, 323-871-0230. 


FOLDER SUPPLIES pivot pins, stainless and gold plated 
screws, titanium sheet. IBS Intl., R.B. Johnson, Box 11, 
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A.G. Russell Knives, Inc 45 

Accent Knives 28 

Admiral Steel LP. 49 

Aeromedix 91 

Al Mar Knives 35 

American Bladesmith Society 91, 105 

Angel Sword 91 

Arizona Custom Knives 34 

Arizona Knife Collect Assoc 93 

Atlanta Cutlery 123 

Axtion Bladez 79 


Banyon Bay Inc 92 

Bark River Knife & Tool 93 

Barr, A 75 

Barrett Firearms Mfg 49 

Bay Area Knife Collectors Assn 78 

Beckwith's Blades 92 

Beinfeld Productions 39 

Best Knives 46 

Blackwater Cutlery 79 

Blade Art 99 

Blade Show 74,121 36 

Blades by Brown Cutlery 98 

Blue Ridge Knives 66, 120 

Bob Dozier Knives 73 

Bob's Trading Post 47 

Bowie Corporation 81 

Briar Custom Knives 47 

Brigade Quartermaster 29 

Buck Knives 35 

Burke, Bill 77 

Burke, Dan 75 

Burr King Mfg. Co., Inc 36 

Busse Combat Knife Co 53, 73 


C.A.S. Iberia 124 

Camillus Cutlery Co 18 

Carlson, Kelly 75 

Chavar Custom Knives 117 

Chicago Custom Knife Show 37 

Chopra Deepak 117 

Chris Reeve Knives 16 

Cliff Parker Knives 78 

Collectibles Insurance Agency 100 

Columbia River 19, 43 

Crawford, Pat 93 

Creative Concepts 8 

Custom Knife Company 46 

Custom Knife Gallery Of Color 40 

Custom Laser 119 

Custom Shoppe, LLC 100 

Cutting Edge Cutlery 98 

Davidson, Edmund.. 

Demko, Andrew 

Denton, J 

Elishewitz Custom Knives 47 

Emerson Knives 57 


Fallkniven 105 

Faust, Dick 82 

Fifty Fifty Productions 107 

Fin Feather and Fur Outfitters 9 

Finer Points 56 

Foster Knives 61 

Fowler, Ed 41 

Fraps, John 14 

Frost Cutlery 31 

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Gary Levine Fine Knives.. 

Gedraitis, Charles 

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Graham Knives 82 

Great Western Shows 103 

Grohmann Knives Ltd 48 


Halpern Titanium 76 

Hanna, Jack 79 

Harper Manufacturing 77 

Horsehead Creek Knives 46 


Jantz Supply 21 

Joy Enterprises 95 

JT's Knife Shop 80 


Ka-Bar Knives 63 

Kayne Custom Hardware, Inc 79 

Kencrest/Hara 78 

Kershaw Knives 23, 59, 65, 67 

King, Kenneth 8 

Klotzli, Burgdorf 76 

Knife & Gun Finishing Supplies 64 

Knife Center Of The Internet 98 

Knife Connection 95 

Knife Mart 104 

Knifemakers Guild Show 40 95 

Knives Plus 98 

Koval Knives & Supplies 66, 94 


Lansky Sharpeners 63 

Larkin Precision 113 

Leather Crafters & Saddlers 113 

Lightfoot Knives 103 

Lone Star Wholesale 54 

Lone Wolf Knives 45 


Magnum USA 77 

Marlowe, Charles 82 

Marzitelli Custom Knives 54 

Masecraft Supply 56 

Master Cutlery 52 

Masters Of Defense Knife 3 

Matthews Cutlery 79 

McLean, Lawrence 76 

Merriman Gun & Knife Works 34 

Michael O'Machearly 78 

Microtech 14 

Mission Knives & Tools 55 

Mooney, Mike 81 

Moore, Ted 82 

Moore Cutlery 46 

Moteng International Inc 26 

Mother Of Pearl Company 33 

Moulton, Dusty 80 


National Knife Distributors 76 

NC Tool Company 81 

Nealy, Bud 64 

Nemesis Knives 27 

New Graham Knives 60 

Newsletter 82 

Nifty-Bar 66 

Nordic Knives 72 


O'Hare Knives 77 

Ontario Knife/Queen Cutlery 7, 41 

Osborne, Warren 55 

Oso Grande Knife & Tool 55 


Palacio Enterprises Inc 81 

Paragon Industries 94 

Paragon Sporting Goods 55 

Pardue, Joe 54 

Plaza Cutlery 73, 81 

Pro Cut 5 

Professional Knifemakers Assoc 51 

Pyramont North America 11 


R & J Cutlery 54 

Ramey, Larry 79 

Randall King Knives 52 

Randall Made Knives 76 

Randy's Custom Knives 82 

Rapp, Steven 53 

Red Hill Corporation 113 

Revishvili Zaza 53 

Riverside Machine 81 


Self Defense Supply 17 

Sentry Solutions Ltd 32 

Seto Cutlery 75 

Sheffield Knifemakers Supply Inc 81 

Shepherd Hills Walnut 2 

Simbatec 77 

Skiff Made Blades 80 

Smoky Mountain Knife Work, Inc 33 

SOG Specialty Knives, Inc 51 

Southeastern Custom Knife Show 92 

St. Amour, Murray 82 

Steel Addiction Custom Knives 93 

Strider Knives 101 

Szilaski, Joseph 92 

Taylor Cutlery 

Texas Knifemakers Supply 

Tippmann Industrial Products.. 



Treestump Leather 


Tru-Hone Corporation 

True North Knives 

Tulsa Gun Show Inc 

Twin Blades 82 


United Cutlery 15 

Utica Cutlery - Kutmaster Div 44 


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William Henry Knives 5 

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what's new 

Wood Grip Leads 
Into Engraved Bail 

Akihisa Kawasaki's full-tang fixed 
blade sports a textured bolster, 
wood grip and engraved bail. 
For more information contact Akihisa 
Kawasaki, Dept. BL9, 11-8, 9-Chome, 
Minamimachi, Suzurandai, Kita-Ku, Kobe, 
Japan +078.593.0418. 

Axe-It Is Hot-Drop 
Forged From 1 040 

The Outdoor Edge Axe-It head is hot- 
drop forged from a solid bar of 1040 
tool steel, and the handle combines 
fiberglass, nylon and Kraton®. 

For more information contact Outdoor 
Edge, attn: D. Bloch, Dept. BL9, 4699 
Nautilus Ct. S, #503, Boulder, CO 80301 

s new 

Six-Inch Hunter 
Sports Brass Guard 

Lowell Lockett's hunter dons a 5160 
blade, a sambar-stag handle, a desert- 
ironwood spacer and a brass guard. 
For more information contact Lowell 
Lockett, Dept. BL9, 66653 Gunderson Rd., 
North Bend, OR 97459 541.756.1614. 

Sodalite Highlights 
Wharncliffe Folder 

Matthew Lerch builds an inter- 
frame folder with an ATS-34 
wharncliffe blade and sodalite 
inserts in the handle and thumb disc. 

For more information contact Matthew 
Lerch, Dept. BL9, N88 W23462 N. Lisbon 
Rd., Sussex, WI 53089 262.246.6362. 

New Lambda Has 
A Cera-Titan Blade 

The Cera-Titan blade of the Boker 
Lambda locking-liner folder is tita- 
nium that reportedly cuts as well as 
ceramic, but will not crack or chip. 

For more information contact Boker, 
attn: C. Hoffman, Dept. BL9, 1550 Balsam 
St., Lakewood, CO 80214 800.992.6537. 

Dozier Designs All 
Black Ka-Bar Knife 

Ka-Bar's KBD1 Model is an 
all-black military-style knife 
designed by Bob Dozier to include 
a powdered-metal buttcap and guard, a 
Kraton G® handle and a 1095 blade. 

For more information contact Ka-Bar, 
attn: D. Hillegas, Dept. BL9, 200 Homer 
St., Olean, NY 14760 800.282.0130. 

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what s new 

what s new 

Mission Releases 
MPK Iraqi Freedom 

Mission Knives & Tools unveils 
an MPK Titanium knife with 
the Operation Iraqi Freedom 
logo on its blade. 

For more information contact Mission, 
attn: C. Sword, Dept. BL9, POB 642, 
Wylie, TX 75098 972.412.2208. 

Coast Unveils Puma 
Crown Stag Hunter 

Coast's Puma crown-stag hunter 
features a 3 3/8-inch skinning blade 
with a gut hook and a stainless 
finger guard. 

For more information contact Coast, 
attn: K. Gleason, Dept. BL9, POB 5821, 
Portland, OR 97228 800.426.5858. 

Bowie Showcases 
Sambar Stag Grip 

ArtTycer's bowie is 16 inches over- 
all and includes a 3/16-inch-thick 
blade and a sambar stag handle. 
For more information contact Art 
Tycer, Dept. BL9, 23820 N. Cold Springs 
Rd.,Paron,AR 72122 501.821.4487. 

Eaton Gold Inlays 
His Folding Dagger 

ick Eaton's all-mosaic-damascus 

folding dagger showcases gold 

^.scroll inlay along the handle. 

For more information contact Rick 

Eaton, Dept. BL9, 9944 McCranie St., 

Shepherd, MT 59079 406.373.0901. 

Brass Handle Helps 
Define Scottish Dirk 

Knights Edge offers a 19-inch Scot- 
tish dirk with a high-carbon-steel 
blade and a brass handle. 
For more information contact Knights 
Edge, attn: M. Bastle, Dept. BL9, 5696 
N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago, IL 60646 

Damascus Bowie 
Dons Sea Cow Bone 

Steve Filicietti fashions a bowie with 
a 12-inch mosaic-damascus blade, a 
sea cow bone handle, hot-blued O-l 
bolsters and ivory spacers. 

For more information contact Steve 
Filicietti, Dept. BL9, POB 2225, Welling- 
ton Point, Australia 4160 +07.3286.5827. 


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"Knifemaker Showcase" spotlights the photographs of knives sent by any and all custom knifemakers to BLADE® tot filing in the Knifemakers Archive. The 

Knifemakers Archive is the most complete collection of knifemakers' knives and information in the world. If you are a custom knifemaker and have not sent 

us a photo (the better quality the photo, the better chance it has of getting in the magazine), write to: BLADE, c/o Krause Publications, 700 E. State, lola, 

Wl 54990 Please include a close-up mug shot of yourself with your knife picture. 

Jim Sornberger 

No newcomer to the knife game, Jim Sornberger has been 

making knives full time since 1975 and specializes in Gold- 

Rush-era San Francisco pieces with gold or silver frames 

and gold-quartz, abalone and carved-ivory inlays. "1 learned 

lapidary work from my grandfather when I was just a kid," 

he says. "It's stayed with me and I still enjoy it." The Michael 

Price-style San Francisco bowie 

I (left) features a 5 1/2-inch ATS- 

34 blade, 14k-gold bolsters and 

a gold handle with gold-quartz 

inlays. Sornberger's list prices for 

I similar pieces start at $12,500. 

His address: Dept. BL9, 25126 

Overland Dr., Volcano, CA 

95689 209.295.7819. (BladeGal- photo) 

Dick Faust 

To Dick Faust, knifemaking is a 
never-ending, exciting challenge. 
"The creativity of producing a 
fine, quality handcrafted knife mm 
that is also a functional, working 
tool is satisfying to me," he says. 
"How a knife feels in the hand is 
most important. As soon as you 
pick it up, it should feel right." Faust notes that 
he prefers the beauty of natural woods and bone 
for knife handles, and the durability of ATS-34 
or 154CM blade steels. The Heavy Duty Hunters 
(right) sport 3 1/4- and 4 1/2-inch 154CM blades, 
maple-burl handles and nickel-silver guards. His 
list prices: $195 (small) and $265. His address: 
Dept. BL9, 624 Kings Hwy. N, Rochester, NY 
14617 585.544.1948 

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Specializing in hammer- 
forged blades, knife- 
maker Robert Rupert 
says he holds a second 

job to support his "steel habit." Instructed by R.W. Wilson, 
Bill Moran and Hugh Bartrug in the 1980s, Rupert even- 
tually taught a course on basic blacksmithing at Kent State 
University in 2002. "1 like the art, functionality and simplicity of forged knives," 
he notes. "I build knives with handles that disassemble, and use natural grip mate- 
rials found locally in Pennsylvania." The etched-steel (not damascus) fixed blade 
(above, right) sports a celluloid handle that fully disassembles and features shell, 
copper and brass inlays. Rupert's list prices for similar pieces start at $75. His 
address: Dept. BL9, 301 Harshaville Rd., Clinton, PA 15026 724.573.4569. 


Larry Page 


Larry Page got into knife- 
making by watching a tele- 
vision program, in 1983, 
that featured Jim Small 
fashioning a usable blade. 
"I decided to give it a try," 
Page says. "George Herron 
lived about a mile from 
my home at the time, so I stopped 
by his shop and asked if I could 
watch him make knives. George 
took me under his wing and taught 
me anything I wanted to learn." 
Page's first knife sale to someone 
he didn't know was in 1983. Since 
then, he has made more than 2,200 
knives, all with serial numbers. "I 
love to hunt and, to me, a knife 

should be a well-crafted tool," he L, 

says. "It should fit your hand when 

you first pick it up or you won't enjoy using it. Nothing gives 
me more pleasure than to have someone tell me they've 
enjoyed a knife I made and how well it performs." The folder 
(above, right) is modeled after a Herron pattern, and it's the 
same style as the first knife Page sold. It sports a 3-inch ATS- 
34 blade and a linen-Micarta® handle. Page's list price: $200. 
His address: Dept. BL9, 1200 Mackey Scott Rd., Aiken, SC 
29801 803.648.0001. (Point Seven photo) 



Hank Kubaiko 

"1 got started in knifemaking around 1974. 1 called R.W. [Bob] Love- 
less to order a knife. He said it would be about S300-S400 and a three- 
to-four-year wait. It was too much money and too long for me to wait 
at the time," Hank Kubaiko relates. "So, Mr. Loveless inspired me to 
become a knifemaker." Self-taught, Kubaiko uses 154CM, ATS-34, 
BG-42 and D-2 blade steels. He says, over 30 years of knifemak- 
ing, he's won awards at various knife shows for 
best folder, best fighter, best bowie and best 
hunter. The "Ivory Subhilt 
Fighter" (below) sports an 
1/2-inch ATS-34 blade and 
an ivory handle. Kubaiko's 
list price: $700. His address: 
Dept. BL9, 10765 Northvale 
Ave. SW, Beach City, OH 
44608 330.359.241J 

"I love a challenge, so when I watched Larry Lunn making 
a knife, I recognized it as an exciting, challenging and 
rewarding pursuit," Gail Lunn says. "The learning process is 
I detailed slow and tedious, but when a knife is finished and 
in my hands, the rewards far outweigh the struggle." Gail finished her first knife 
in 2000 and says she couldn't wait to make another one. "To design, draw, then 
create a knife is not a hobby," she proposes. "It's a passion." As a part-time maker, 
she fashions one-of-a-kind damascus folders. The "Golden Orb Spider" (above) is 
a double-action auto sporting a pool-eye-pattern damascus blade, twist-damascus 
bolsters and an ancient-ivory handle scrimshawed by Faustina. Gail's list price: n /a. 
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knife talk 

• Hoi ire Talk* 

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By Ed Fowler . 
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' Bill Burke was the first to try out the author's 100-pound 
Little Giant power hammer in the new shop surroundings 
on a billet of— -yep, you guessed it — the author's favorite 
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A Knifemaker's Dream 

f| r|l«^ w -_ ■ The author's new, state- 

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The author's new, s.ta1e- • 
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For the most part complete, the out- 
side of the new shop (bottom) looks 
nice and roomy with the windows 
and doors installed and a fresh coat 
of paint — a far cry from the old shop 

mm a 

Editor's note: In the conclusion, the author 
compares the advantages of his new knife 
shop to the old one, including more space 
for work and filing, geothermal heating 
and cooling, safer working conditions and 
practically all the comforts of home. 

The main door to my new shop faces 
south by plan. The north side of a 
building in snow country is always 
the dangerous one, and the Willow Bow 
Ranch is no stranger to the frigid white 
stuff. Ice and snow are present five months 
a year. We can fight the frozen mess with 
snow shovel and salt or simply avoid it 
and enjoy the benefits of a south entrance 
where the snow and ice melt regularly. 

My new shop has no stairs. The bath- 
room is handicapped accessible. I don't 
need the features that accommodate handi- 
capped individuals now but, as many times 
as I've broken bones, I well know the benefit 
of planning for some inconvenient times. 

Before we built the new shop, the most 
modern improvement to the old one was 
the construction of a tongue-and-groove 
cedar outhouse. The new shop has running 
water, two sinks, a shower, a septic system 
and, at the suggestion of Ed Schempp, a 
Kohler High Oval Stool — in other words, 
a state-of-the-art toilet. Ed convinced 
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My old shop had 54 square feet of 
bench space. The knifemaking area of 
the new shop has 180 square feet of bench 

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The shop office has all the comforts 
of home, including the author's com- 
puter, sound system, easy chairs and 
more. From left are Abraham III, the 
author and his first student (right) in 
the new shop — Steve Parker. 

space. There will be a place for each step 
of knifemaking. Never again will I have 
to sort sheep horn on the floor or spend an 
hour clearing a space to cut leather. 

Winter in Wyoming can be extremely 
cold. Wind velocities are impressive and 
the summers can get very warm. We were 
planning on installing a propane heating 
system in the shop. I dreaded the thought 
of future heating costs. 

Jim Kortum and Bill Burke strongly sug- 
gested that we look into the advantages of a 
geofhermal heat pump. Such a pump pulls 
water from the ground and runs it through 
a special system that provides heat in the 
winter and air conditioning in the summer; 
the only operating cost would come via the 
electric company. Jim and Bill convinced 
me it was the best and most economical 
system we could use. The Willow Bow has 
ground water available 10 feet from the sur- 
face, which would provide an ideal source 
for the heat pump to work well. 

We dug our well with a backhoe, made 
our own well casing and the next day the 
heat pump was cooling the shop while we 
were putting in windows and sheet rock. So 
far, the highest electric bill for the shop has 
been $125, and that was for a cold month. (I 
believe the electric bill for the knifemaking 
equipment that month was at least half the 
cost.) In comparison, the two ranch houses 
are smaller and cost more to heat over the 
same time frame. Knifemakers who wish to 
build a shop in this day and age have a lot of 
technology from which to choose. 

My old shop had one walk-in door. My 

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drill press and band saw faced the oppo- 
site wall. Many times while I was work- 
ing, folks would walk into the shop. Natu- 
rally, my back was to them and the roar 
of the saw or press would cover the sound 
of their entry. To be heard over the din of 
knifemaking equipment, those who didn't 
know better would announce their pres- 
ence with a loud, "HI, ED!" Such an unex- 
pected intrusion can be very hazardous to 
a knifemaker's health! I swore that I would 
avoid any similar "surprises" in the new 
shop. Now, equipment like the drill press 
and band saw are 30 feet from the door and 
face in such manner that I can see people 
when they enter the shop. 

So far, I've learned that light through 
windows is pleasant. Besides, windows are 
nice for looking outside. When doing intri- 
cate work, sometimes I need a light source 
with more control. We installed Venetian 
blinds in the area of the belt grinders and 
use controlled light sources when needed. 

Office Maxed 

Our plans dictated that the west end of the 
new shop would be an office with space 
for my knife books, desk, computer equip- 
ment, refrigerator, easy chairs, and a bed 
for visitors or just for a few minutes of soli- 
tude. We decided to add plumbing to pro- 
vide water, a full bath and a kitchen sink. 

Another special project started on 
Sept. 17, 1963. It was then that, in a bog, I 
found an aged and unique wooden wagon 
wheel from a heavy-duty horse- or mule- 
drawn wagon. I spent a day digging it out 
and cleaning it up for the sole purpose of 
building a chandelier. That wagon wheel 
followed me from the bog to Fort Collins, 
Colorado. I washed it a number of times 
and applied several gallons of linseed oil 
to the wood. When my family moved to 
the Willow Bow Ranch, the wagon wheel 
came with us. The houses we lived in didn't 
have ceilings high enough to encourage the 
wheel's use as a chandelier. 

The rafter in the office of the new shop is 
about 14 feet from the floor — a perfect place 
for my wagon-wheel chandelier. On Sept. 17, 
2003, 40 years to the day, we suspended the 
wheel from the ceiling by five chains and the 
switch was turned on for the first time — the 
installation a birthday gift compliments of 
Glen and Duane McPherson. 

I resurrected a dining table that's been 
in my family for over 100 years. Fully ex- 
panded it could accommodate 12 people. 
At this time, it seats four and is used for 
meals with visitors. It also serves as a place 
to answer mail. There's an in box for new 
mail, an out box for correspondence in 
progress and a box for things that have no 
other place. 

The office has a TV with no antenna to 
avoid contact with commercial program- 
ming. Instead, it's connected to a VCR 
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My old shop had no running water: I 
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our plans for the new shop included run- 
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Inside World Knife Collecting & Investing 

No. 99 

Worth Their Weight 
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Interest in antique scout pocketknives— both 
"official" and unofficial— is on the rise 

By Richard White 
BLADE® correspondent 

Prior to 1900, the utility knife, 
generally referred to as a boy scout 
knife or camp knife, was almost an 
unknown commodity in the USA. However, 
the bone camp or utility knife with four 
blades became popular in America almost 
overnight, when, in 1910, the Boy Scouts 
of America (BSA) was formed and adopted 
the pattern as its "official" camping knife. 

The Boy Scout knife is generally 
described as a four-blade "camp" knife, 
approximately 3 1/2 inches closed, 
normally including a bail and displaying 
a nickel-silver shield inset into one side 
of the jigged-bone handle. The blades are 
a master, leather punch, can-opener, and 
a combination screwdriver/cap lifter. The 
bail was used to attach the pocketknife to 
a lanyard or, with a clip, to the "scouter's" 
pants bell. The large master blade found 
hundreds of uses, including whittling, 
cutting rope, sharpening marshmallow 
roasting sticks, peeling fruit and cutting 

The concern designated to produce 
the first "official" Boy Scout knife was 
New York Knife Co. in Walden, New York. 
Though it went out of business in the first 
year of the Depression in 1931, New York 
Knife made some of the finest American 

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pocketknives during its "glory days." The 
company's official Boy Scout pocketknife 
was no exception. 

New York Knife had a monopoly on 
scout pocketknives after World War I on 
into the early 1920s, when several other 

Though these three "official" bone-handle Boy Scout camp knives were made by 
Ulster and carry the official "Be Prepared" shield, they vary greatly in the color and 
jigging pattern of the bone handles. The knives also bear three different master 
blade tang stamps, indicating a difference in production dates. The knives and their 
stampings are, from left: "Ulster Dwight Devine and Sons" (the earliest example); 
"Dwight Devine and Sons, USA"; and "Ulster Knife Company." (White photo) 


major cutlery companies, noting the rapid 
expansion of the Boy Scouts, began to 
produce several varieties of "unofficial" 
scout knives. To not infringe on the BSA's 
"official" scout designation, the other 
companies changed the logos slightly, 
avoiding the "official scout knife" etching 
on the master blade and adding several other 
designations to the nickel-silver shields. 

During the early 1920s, several cutlery 
companies petitioned the B S A to allow them 
to produce an "official" bone-handle scout 
knife. The obvious intent was to compete 
with New York Knife and to be an option 
for Boy Scouts in the scouting literature 
and catalogues. At least three well-known 
cutlery companies — Remington, Ulster 
and Landers Frary & Clark (LF&C) — were 
given the "official" designation and began 
to produce "official" Boy Scout knives. 

In the ensuing years, several other 
cutlery companies applied for and received 
the "official" designation and have 
produced knives for the Boy Scouts. The 
official knives have expanded over the 
years from pocketknives to sheath knives, 
and later to knives for the Girl Scouts, 
Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts and Brownies. 
Today, Camillus is the maker of the official 
Boy Scout knives. 

In addition to pocketknives, some 
companies made Boy Scout sheath knives, 
chow knives, lockbacks, Sea Scout knives, 
and scout knives with less than four blades. 
In fact, Joseph Richard Kerr, a Boy Scout 
authority and writer living in Birmingham, 
Alabama, penned an informative, copiously 
illustrated book entitled 600 Scout Knives 
(Copyright 1997, Morris Publishing 
Co., Kearney, Nebraska). Scout knife 
aficionados should read Kerr's book. It 
outlines the extremely varied cutlery types 
in the Boy Scout knife category. 

The list of makers of official scout knives 
includes not only those mentioned but 
also Pal, Cattaraugus, Camillus, Imperial, 
Western Cutlery, Schrade Walden Cutlery, 
Marbles', KA-BAR, and even Victorinox. 
The majority of these companies produced 
quality knives designed to endure the rigors 
of scout use. However, like other forms of 
cutlery, most of the knives manufactured by 
the earliest companies are literally worn out, 
with most exhibiting a shortened master 
blade, broken bone scales, and one of the 
other blades snapped off. Thousands have 
been lost over the years. 

Skyrocketing Values 

For the beginning collector of Boy Scout 
knives, the availability of many of them, 
especially those in at least very good 
condition, is extremely limited, with 
values skyrocketing. For example, a New 
York Knife four-blade scout knife in mint 
condition will set you back about $375. A 
Remington Boy Scout model #RS3333, 
bone-handle four-blade — the most common 
Remington scout knife — carries a value of 


A handsome arrangement of unofficial American- and German-made scout camp 
knives, all with jigged bone handles, include: Finedge (Solingen Germany); Camillus; 
Richartz (Germany); Specialty Trading Co. (Germany); Premier Lifetime (Germany); 
Buffalo Cutlery Co.; Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett; and a rare Royal Brand. (White photo) 

about $300 in mint condition. 

An Ulster Boy Scout knife with a bone 
handle and four blades is worth about $150- 
$200 in mint condition. A Cattaraugus 
"Whit-L-Kraft" model fetches about $475— 
if you can find one. Even an LF&C four- 
blade, standard-size scout will cost you 
around $200. All have jigged-bone handles 
except the LF&C, which has a jigged-black- 
composition handle. 

Given the escalating price and extreme 
scarcity of the "officially designated" Boy 
Scout knives, serious collectors have 
turned to the hundreds of "unofficial" scout 
knife variations. Contrary to the high price 
and scarcity of the official scout knives, 
the unofficial scout/camp knives give both 
the novice and serious collector an almost 
endless source of knives handled in bone 
and a variety of other handle materials. 

Though the most desirable of the "unofficial" scout knives are handled in jigged 
bone, these examples are proof that interesting scout knives can be found with 
celluloid handles as well. From left: a black-and-yellow IKCO junior scout pattern; a 
"snakeskin" celluloid IDEAL brand scout knife; a gold celluloid Utica scout; a jigged 
white composition Ulster scout; a maroon-and-black Imperial scout; and a jigged-black 
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It's the great diversity of scout-knife- 
producing companies that has spurred 
collector interest in scout knives. The list of 
companies that manufactured "unofficial" 
scout knives is almost endless and includes 
not only American concerns but a host of 
German cutlery producers as well. 

"Collectors have 
turned to the 

hundreds of 
'unofficial' scout 
knife variations." 

— the author 

Unofficial scout knives were made/ 
offered by Pal; Imperial; Colonial; 
Remington; Camillus; Ulster; Specialty 
Trading Co. (Germany); Boker (Germany) 
Richartz (Germany); Buffalo Cutlery Co. 
Premier-Lifetime (Germany); Ulster USA 
Simmons Hardware; Utica; Robeson: 
IKCO (Imperial); Imperial Cutlery; The 
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& Bartlett; Seneca; E. Brueckmann 
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John Primble; Keen Kutter; Sword Brand 
(Camillus); Wards; Challenge Cutlery; 
Crucible Cutlery; Enderes Cutlery; Empire 
Cutlery; Napanoch; Kutmaster; Van Camp; 
Western Cutlery; Frankfurth Hardware; 
Bingham; and Bieco (Germany). 

Other Variables 

In addition to the vast diversity of brands 
mentioned, there are a couple of other 
variables available to collectors of Boy 
Scout knives. The first is the variety of 
words inscribed into the handle shields. In 
order to convey to the potential purchaser 
that the knives were to be bought and 
used by Boy Scouts, the various cutlery 
companies inscribed words certain to get 
the point across. Unofficial scout knives 
carry such inscriptions as Scout, Boy Scout, 
Boy Scouts, Camp Knife, Scouter, Scout 
Junior, Junior Scout, Scout Knife, Scouts 
Prepare, Be Prepared and OVB Scout. 
Though mostly engraved on "banner" 
shields of some sort, the inscriptions also 
can be found on shields resembling federal 
insignia, elongated ovals or other shapes. 
Handles are another variable. Though 

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The shields inset into the sides of most Boy Scout camp models often contain an 
inscription designed to help sell the knives. These pieces were made/offered by the 
Buffalo Cutlery Co.; Premier Lifetime (Germany); Camillus; Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett; 
Specialty Trading Co. (Germany); Camillus; and Utica. (White photo) 

dyed and jigged are by far the most popular 
bone, there are many other varieties. 
German-produced scout knives have 
distinctively jigged-bone sides that are 
quite different from American scout knives. 
Even among American cutlery producers, 
the jigging on scout knives varies radically. 
Boy Scout knives can be found with green, 
peachseed (made famous by Schrade), 
Rodgers and even the very distinctive New 
York Knife jigged bone. 

Another variable is the assorted colors 
of celluloid handles. From the jigged 
black used by Seneca and Kutmaster to 
the various colored celluloids by Imperial, 
Simonds and Utica, to the gorgeous red- 
white-blue celluloids by Schrade, Imperial 
and Remington, all add to any scout knife 
collection. Add to this mix a variety of 
different leather punch styles, blade pulls, 
and different can-opener and cap-lifter 
blades, and you have an almost endless 

Scout Knife Value Guide 

Descriptions Values* 

Cattaraugus, 3 5/8", 4-blade camp knife, bone $150-$175 

Schrade, 4-blade camp knife, bone $100-$125 

Miller Bros., 3 5/8", 4-blade camp knife, stag $175-$200 

Robeson, 3 5/8", 4-blade camp knife, bone $125-$ 150 

Keen Kutter, 3 1/2", 4-blade camp knife, bone $150-$175 

Remington, R3335, 4-blade camp knife, red-white-blue celluloid, 3 3/4" $350-$400 

Richartz (Germany), 4-blade camp knife, jigged bone $50-$75 

Buffalo Cutlery Co., peachseed bone, 4-blade camp knife $75-$ 100 

Royal Brand, 4-blade camp knife, bone $75-$ 100 

Camillus, 4-blade camp knife, bone $75-$ 100 

Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett, 4-blade camp knife, bone $ 1 00-$ 125 

Imperial, 4-blade camp knife, celluloid $50-$75 

Premier Lifetime (Germany), 4-blade camp knife, bone $50-$75 

Utica, 4-blade camp knife, bone $75-$ 100 

* Values are the author's and are for knives in near-mint or mint condition, full blades 
with few scratches, and no rust or nicks. All blades must snap both open and closed. 
The backsprings must be level with the spine of the knife in both the open and closed 
positions. The handle material must be in perfect shape, with no cracks or missing 
pieces. The bail and inset shield must be present, the inscription on the shield readable, 
and the knife must exhibit little or no use. 


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No. 5 Five Inch Safety Hunting Knife 

Originally produced from 1902 to 1906, the first version of Webster 

Marble's Safety Hunting Knife became a legend among sportsmen in short 

order, and a legend among collectors in the years to come. The model 

pictured is the latest in our series of Safety Hunting Knife reproductions, 

and features ivory colored handles molded with the 'elk and cougar' scene 

on one side and the scrolled name of its manufacturer on the other, just 

like the original hard rubber models. 

These knives feature a 420 HC stainless steel blade and are mounted 

entirely in nickel silver. Only 250 of this edition have been produced, and 

each 420 HC knife comes with a fine reproduction of the original 

leather belt sheath. 

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spectrum of scout knives. 

Because of the significant numbers 
of early Boy Scout members reaching 
retirement, the interest in scout knives has 
increased significantly. Though scout knives 
are a very specific and identifiable cutlery 
pattern, the wide variety of stamps, handle 
materials, official and unofficial styles, 
and diversity of shield etchings make the 
collecting of scout knives interesting and 

Moreover, Boy Scout knives are one 
of the older cutlery genres, approaching 
almost 100 years of continuous production 
in the USA alone, and are one of the few 
patterns with U.S. origins. Add the number 
of newer scout models, most handled in 
the synthetic known as Delrin, and you 
have yet another source of scout models 
to collect. Older examples of "unofficial" 
scout knives can still be found in mint or 
near mint condition, still reasonably priced, 
and those by other cutlery companies are 
appearing on a consistent basis. 

With the scout knife being duplicated 
for use in the U.S. military in World War II, 
the pattern has a proud history of service. 
For these reasons, the scout knife has 
ranked near the top of collector preferences 
for many years. 

Generally, scout camp knives have a 
nickel-silver shield inset into one side 
of the handle. This example, with a rare 
"federal" shield, was offered by Hibbard 
Spencer & Bartlett, forerunner of the Tru- 
Value Hardware chain. (White photo) 

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Van Barnett, Dept. BL9, 168 Riverbend 
Blvd., St. Albans, WV 25177 304.727.5512; Rick Eaton, Dept. 
BL9, 9944 McCranie Rd., Shepherd, MT 
59079 406.373.0901 www.eatonknives. 
com; Bertie Rietveld, Dept. BL9, POB 53 
Magaliesburg, Gauteng 1791, South Africa 
Dwight Towell, Dept. BL9, 2375 Towell Rd., 
Midvale, ID 83645 208.355.2419 


Cold Steel, attn: L. Thompson, Dept. BL, 
3036-A Seaborg, Ventura, CA 93003 
805.650.8481; Columbia 
River Knife & Tool, attn: R. Bremer, Dept. 
BL, 9720 SW Hillman, Suite 805, Wilsonville 
OR 97070 503.685.5015; Jeff 
Hall, Dept. BL9, PO Box 435, Los Alami- 
tos, CA 90720 562.594.4740 info@nemesis-; Darrell Ralph, Dept. BL9, 
4185 South St. Rt. 605, Galena, OH 43021 
740.965.9970 dr@darrelralph.comi Strider, 
Dept. BL9, 120 N Pacific St Ste. L7, San 
Marcos, CA 92069 760.471.8275 striderguys 

Lone Wolf Knives, attn: D. Hutchens, 17400 
SW Upper Boones Ferry, Ste. 240, Portland, 
OR 97224 505.431.6777 fax 503.431.6776; Messermeister, 
attn: D. Dressier, Dept. BL9, 418 Bryant Cir., 
Ste. A, Ojai, CA 93023 805.640.0051 www.; SOG Specialty Knives, 
attn: C. Cashbaugh, Dept. BL, 6521 212th 
St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036 425.771.6230; Spyderco, attn: J. 
Laituri, Dept. BL, 20011 Golden Gate Cyn., 
Golden, CO 80403 800.525.7770 www.; SuperKnife, attn: R. Scarla, 
Dept. BL9, 7498 E. Monte Cristo Ave., Ste. 
102, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480.348.0544 


Wally Hayes, Dept. BL9, 1026 Old Montreal 
Rd., Orleans, Ontario, Canada, K4A 3N2 
613.824.9520; Lonnie Hansen, Dept. 
BL9, POB 4956, Spanaway, WA 98387 
253.847.4632; John Horrigan, Dept. BL9, 
433 County Rd 200 D, Burnet, TX 78611 
512.756.7545; Rich 
McDonald, Dept. BL9, 4590 Kirk Rd., 
Columbiana, OH 44408 330.482.0007; David Roeder, 
Dept. BL9, 1903 Thomson, Richland, WA 
99352 509.943.6094; Joe Szilaski, Dept. BL9, 
29 Carroll Dr., Wappinger Falls, NY 12590 



845.297.5397; Daniel 
Winkler, Dept. BL9, POB 2166, Blow- 
ing Rock, NC 28605 828.295.9156 www. 


Benchmade USA, attn: L. de Asis, Dept. 
BL9, 300 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City, 
OR 97045 503.655.6004 www.benchmade. 
com; Eickhorn-Solingen, attn: J. Eickhorn, 
Loehdorfer Str. 72, Solingen, Germany 
42699 www.eickhorn-; John Greco, Dept. BL9, 100 
Mattie Jones Rd., Greensburg, KY 42743 
Bud Nealy, Dept. BL9, 1439 Poplar Valley 
Rd., Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570.402.1018 


Blue Grass Cutlery Co., attn: T. Cantrell, 
Dept. BL9, 20 E. 7th St., Manchester, OH 
45144 937.549.2602 www.bluegrasscutlery. 
com; Boker USA, attn: C. Hoffman, Dept. 
BL9, 1550 Balsam St., Lakewood, CO 80214 
800.992.6537; Buck 
Knives, attn: C.J. Buck, Dept. BL9, POB 
1267, El Cajon, CA 92020 800.326.2825; Camillus Cutlery Co., 
attn: J. Furgal, Dept. BL9, 54 Main St., Camil- 
lus, NY 13031 315.672.8111 www.camil-; Columbia River Knife & 
Tool, attn: R. Bremer, Dept. BL9, 9720 S.W. 
Hillman Ct., Ste. 805, Wilsonville, OR 97070 
800.891.3100; Emerson 
Knives, Inc., attn: E. Emerson, Dept. BL9, 
POB 4180, Torrance, CA 90510 310.212.7455; Frost Cutlery Co., 
attn: E. McCarson, Dept. BL9, POB 22636, 
Chattanooga, TN 37422 800.251.7768 www.; Grohmann Knives, 
attn: J. Ferril, Dept. BL9, 1775 Howard Ave., 
Maple Plain, MN 55359 763.479.6723 www.; Imperial Schrade 
Corp., attn: T. Faust, Dept. BL9, 7 Schrade 
Ct., Ellenville, NY 12428 845.647.7601; Kutmaster, attn: 
R. Joswick, 820 Noyes St., Utica, NY 13503 
800.888.4223; Taylor 
Cutlery, attn: S. Taylor, Dept. BL9, POB 
1638, Kingsport, TN 37662 800.251.0254; TiNives, attn: S. 
Self, Dept. BL9, 1725 Smith Rd., Fortson, 
GA 31808 888.537.9991; 
United Cutlery, attn: J. Hall, Dept. BL9, 
1425 United Blvd., Sevierville, TN 37876 
800.548.0835; W.R. 
Case & Sons Cutlery Co., attn: J. Sullivan, 
Dept. BL9, Owens Way, Bradford, PA 16701 



BLADE/ 101 

ssorted VIPs and Kershaw and Kai 
officials participated in the ribbon-cut- 
ting ceremony for the grand opening of 
Kershaw's new state-of-the-art produc- 
tion facility this past April in Tualatin, 
Oregon. The Kershaw black and white 
Chive features Ken Onion's Speed-Safe 
assisted-opening mechanism and has 
a manufacturer's suggested retail price 

MSRP) of $54.95 

By Dexter Ewing 
BLADE® field editor 

The grand opening of the company's 
state-of-the-art production facility augurs 
further growth for the home of the Speed-Safe 

102 /BLADE 


With Kershaw/Kai Cutlery offi- 
cials from both sides of the Pa- 
cific on hand, Kershaw held the 
grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art 
production facility this past April in Tuala- 
tin, Oregon. 

You get the exclusive story and photos 
of a landmark event in Kershaw's history 
through BLADE®, the only knife publica- 
tion attending the gala event. 

The need for the new state-of-the-art 
facility is a result of Kershaw's past six 
years of phenomenal expansion, a major 
growth spurt that can be traced in large 
part to its highly successful collabora- 
tions with knifemaker Ken Onion over that 
span. Onion's designs are fresh, hip and 
very modern with an eye toward function, 
and most have Onion's famous Speed-Safe 
assisted-opening mechanism. 

The half-dozen-year surge in produc- 
tion, along with Kershaw's own designs, 
made things very tight in the company's 
Wilsonville, Oregon, manufacturing fa- 
cility. In order to accommodate an ever- 
increasing demand for their knives, Ker- 
shaw officials began to shop around for a 
bigger facility that would meet their need 
for more space — bringing all operations 
together under one roof — as well as the 
potential for future expansion on-site. 
They found what they were looking for 
in a 42,000-square-foot facility in nearby 

"We're over 40 

times bigger than 

when I started." 

— Ken Onion 

Formerly home to a check-printing 
company, the new Kershaw building is 
outfitted with the latest in building secu- 
rity, a temperature- and humidity-regu- 
lated production area, and power feeds that 
supply electricity to Kershaw's production 
machines and equipment — with plenty of 
power to spare. Kershaw moved into its 
new home in early spring and immediately 
set up shop to get output flowing again. 

Main Event 

The grand opening was emceed by Ker- 
shaw's production manager, David Ly- 
man, and featured a host of speakers, in- 
cluding Onion; Jack Igarashi, Kershaw's 
executive vice president; Koji Endo, CEO 
of Kai Cutlery, Kershaw's parent compa- 
ny; and Doug Flagg, Kershaw's director 
of sales and marketing. 

There were many special guests in the 
crowd, including company founder Pete 
Kershaw and his wife, Judy, as well as Tim 


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The founder of Kershaw Knives, Pete 
Kershaw and his wife, Judy (inset), 
were among the 100 or so VIPs on 
hand for the grand opening of the new 
42,000-square-foot production facility. 

Leatherman of Leatherman Tool. 

"It has been a great big roller-coaster 
ride — a really, really fun roller-coaster 
ride" Onion told an attentive audience of 
almost 100. "And we aren't done yet." 

Onion added that he appreciates the 
tons of support and encouragement he has 
received from the Kershaw staff. 

"Jack [Igarashi] encouraged continued 
growth and pushed for excellence from his 
team," Onion observed. "In the six years 

I've been associated with Kershaw, we're 
over 40 times bigger than when I started." 
Following the traditional ribbon-cut- 
ting ceremony at the plant's main entrance 

Workers are busy at work 
facility. Note the dust renoval 
contain airborne contaminants. 

in the sharpening 
systems. The 

room of Kershaw's state-of-the-art 
space is also sealed off to help 

104 /BLADE 


The new production facility has 
the latest in computer numerically 
controlled (CNC) equipment. Again, 
note the dust-removal systems. 

conducted by Kershaw and Kai Cutlery 
staff and management — Kai officials flew 
over from Japan just to attend the event — 
guests were treated to guided tours of the 
brand new facility by members of Ker- 
shaw's management team. 

Highlights of the tour included the 
robotic grinding of false edges on a fresh 
batch of blades, and various CNC machin- 
ing centers humming away, contouring 
knife handles and creating inlay pockets. 
The new facility is highlighted by well- 
lighted work spaces, a spotless knife as- 
sembly area, and dirty/noisy operations 
such as sharpening and bead blasting 
isolated in rooms sealed off to contain air- 
borne contaminants. 

This writer had the opportunity to visit 
the Kershaw factory a couple days prior to 
the grand opening and witnessed the place 
pulsating with activity at every turn. It's 
obvious that Kershaw employees — from 
the machinists to assembly staff to man- 
agement — are proud of their new home. 
Onion may have summed it up best when 
he said, "It gives me faith that a company 
can be honest, have integrity, be good to 
their employees and all who do business 
with them, and still prosper." 

Such a modern facility enables Ker- 
shaw to continue to pursue manufacturing 
excellence and high standards in producing 
some of the world's finest specialty cutlery 
for sport, tactical and utility use. 

The best might just be yet to come! 

For more information contact Kershaw, attn: 
D. Flagg, Dept. BL9, 18600 S. W. Teton Ave., 
Tualatin, OR 97062-8841 503.682.1966 

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(**) are knifemaking instructionals/seminars, knife-throwing competitions, auctions, or other similar events. 
BLADE'S® "Show Calendar" also can be seen on BLADE'S Web site at 


June 25-27 Springfield, MO NKCA Springfield 
Knife Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Contact 
NKCA, attn: L. Broyles, Dept. BL9, POB 21070, 
Chattanooga, TN 423.892.5007.* 


July 10-11 Somerset, KY Kenny Woods Gun & 
Knife Show, The Center. Contact Kenny Woods 
606.436.0570 (days) or 606.847.4047 (nights). 

July 10-11 Anderson, IN Central Indiana Gun & 
Knife Show, McClain's Historical Military Armor 
Museum. Call 765.855.3836 or 765.855.1712 

July 16-17 Bradford, PA 2004 Zippo/Case 
International Swap Meet, Zippo/Case Visitors 
Center. Contact Case consumer relations 

July 24 Intercourse, PA Queen Cutlery 
Collectors Club Trade Day, Intercourse Volunteer 
Fire Hall. Contact the club at POB 109, Dept. 
BL9, Titusville, PA 16354 or call Mike Sullivan 
724.733.5433 or Howard Drake 814.827.6923.* 

July 30-31-Aug. 1 Orlando, FL The Knifemakers' 
Guild Show, Marriott's Orlando World Center. 
Contact Al Pendray, Dept. BL9, 13950 NE 20th, 
Williston, FL 32696 352.528.6124.* 

July 30-31-Aug. 1 Missoula, MT Montana 

Knifemakers Association Show, Holiday 

Inn Parkside. Contact Darlene Weinand 


Aug. 6-8 Austin, TX Central Texas Knife Show, 
Holiday Inn South. Contact Chris Carlson, 
Dept. BL9, 108 Johnson Cove, Hutto, TX 78634 

Aug. 13-15 Lexington, KY Central Kentucky 
Knife Club Show, Continental Inn. Contact Joe 
Litton 502.863.1840* 

Aug. 20-21 Winston-Salem, NC 29 th Annual 
Tar Heel Cutlery Club Show, Elks Club. Contact 
George Manuel, Dept. BL9, 3682 Bowens Rd., 
Tobaccoville, NC 27050 336.924.6876.* 

Aug. 20-22 Denver, CO P.K.A. 12 th Annual 
Denver Custom Knife Show, Holiday Inn- 
DIA. Contact Craig Camerer 618.778.5704 * 

Aug. 20-22 Ravenna, MI 4 tn Annual Scagel Blade 
Forging & Knife Exhibition, Mike Bauer knife 
shop. Contact Jan DuBois 281.225.9159.** 

Aug. 28-29 Palo Alto, CA 25 th Annual Bay Area 

Kiife Collectors Association Knife Show, Hyatt 
Ricky's. Contact Jeff Pelz, B.A.K.C.A., Dept. 
BL9, POB 2787, Dublin, CA 94568 5 10.797.6247 
or 925.829.3036* 


Sept. 10-12 Arlington Heights, IL Chicago 
Custom Knife Show, Sheraton Chicago Northwest 
Hotel. Contact Ed Wormser 847.757.9926, www.chicagocustomknifeshow. 

Sept. 11-12 Winston-Salem, NC 10 th Annual 
Southeastern Custom Knife Show, Benton 
Convention Center Ballroom. Contact Tommy 
McNabb, Dept. BL9, 4015 Brownsboro Rd., 
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 336.759.0640* 

Sept. 17-19 Ontario, CA BLADE Show West, 
Ontario Convention Center. Site of the 2004 
BLADEhandmade™ Awards, best in handmade, 
factory, antique and military knives, knife 
collections, seminars and much more. Contact 
BLADE Show West, 700 E. State, Iola, WI 
54990-0001 877.746.9757, Mary Lutz, ext. 313, 
fax 715.445.4087* 

Sept. 17-19 Grapevine, TX Knives Illustrated 
Spirit of Steel Show, Hilton DFW Lakes 
Conference Center. Call Bruce Voyles 

Sept. 17-19 Oak Lawn, IL AECA 25th Annual 
Show, Oak Lawn Community Pavilion. Call 
Louie 800.785.9830 or Ernie 219.844.1911.* 

Sept. 24-26 Louisville, KY NKCA Louisville 
Fall Knife Show, Holiday Inn South. Contact 
NKCA, attn: L. Broyles, Dept. BL9, POB 21070, 
Chattanooga, TN 423.892.5007.* 

Sept. 25-26 Marlboro, MA Northeast Cutlery 
Collectors Association Gun & Knife Show, 
Royal Plaza Trade Center. Contact Carole 


Oct. 1-3 Frederick, MD 2 nd Annual William 
F Moran Blade Forging & Knife Exhibition, 
EastAlco Aluminum Pavilion. Contact Nancy 
Hendrickson 301.663.6923 for accommodation 
info and Jan DuBois 281.225.9159 for further 

Oct. 2 Tampa, FL Florida Knifemakers' 
Association Custom Knife Show, Holiday 
Inn City Centre. Contact Dan Piergallini 
813.754.3908 and/or 
Don Vogt 813.973.3245* 

Oct. 2-3 New Braunfels,TX Guadalupe Forge Fall 
Hammer-In & Knifemakers Rendezvous. Contact 

Johnny Stout 830.606.4067 johnny@stoutknives. 
com or Harvey Dean 512.446.3111 dean@texl. 

Oct. 8-9 Edgerton, WI Northern Lakes Knife 
Co. Knife Show, Tri-County Community Center. 
Contact Bob Schrap, Dept. BL9, 7024 W Wells 
St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213 414.771.6472 fax 

Oct. 8-9 Columbus, OH The Columbus Greater 
Ohio Valley Knife Show '04, Aladdin Shriner's 
Complex at Easton Town Center. Contact Koval 
Knives, attn: Mick or Judy Koval, Dept. BL9, 
POB 492, New Albany, OH 43054 614.855.0777 
fax 614.855.0945.* 

Oct. 9 Huntington Beach, CA Plaza Cutlery 
Custom Knife Show, Huntington Beach Hilton 
("Evening Of The Cutlery Arts" pre-show 
social affair on Oct. 8). Contact Plaza Cutlery, 
South Coast Plaza, attn: D Delavan, Dept. BL9, 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.549.3932 www.* 

Oct. 16-17 Fife, WA Northwest Kiife Collectors 
5 m Annual Custom & Antique Knife Show, Best 
Western Fife Hotel & Conference Center. Contact 
Don Hanham 425.827. 1 644 dhanham@earthlink. 
net or Tom Ferry 253.939.4468 knfesmth7 1 @aol. 

Oct. 22-24 Wilmington, OH NKCA Ohio Fall 
Knife Show, Roberts Convention Centre, exit 
50 off 1-71. Contact NKCA, attn: L. Broyles, 
Dept. BL9, POB 21070, Chattanooga, TN 


Nov. 6-7 Mt. Vernon, IL Mt. Vernon Knife Show, 
Roland Lewis Community Building, Mt. Vernon 
Veterans Park. Contact Nancy or Larry Hancock, 
Dept. BL9, 12193 E. Turner, Mt. Vernon, IL 

Nov. 13-14 Ft. Myers, FL 4 th Annual Ft. Myers 
Knife Club Show, Araba Shrine Temple. Contact 
Russ Smegal, Dept. BL9, POB 706, St. James 
City, FL 33956 239.283. 7253 rsmegal@earthlink. 

To ensure timely publication of your knife 
show in the "Show Calendar," BLADE® 
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form — dates, locations, etc. — at least 
three months before the show takes place 
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ire is one with 
a tight focus. "I strive to have all aspects of 
the design, as well as the individual com- 
ponents, relate to the specific theme," he 
observed. An example is his unicorn/nar- 
whal knife where the blade was not only a 
made from two bars of twist damas- j^ 
cus twisted together — to represent ,{f 


but it was forged by a Scandi- 
navian, Conny Persson. (The A 
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have originated in Scan- 
dinavia.) The hand! 
is narwhal. (Point 
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Don Bell 

Dept. BL9, 2 Division St. 

Bedford, Nova Scotia 

Canada B4A 1Y8 


Specialties Richly carved, pierced 
and otherwise embellished folders, 
including locking liners and lock- 
backs, many with a theme, jewelry 
knives and utility straight knives; 
also a new limited-edition series of 
folding and pendant knives 
Steels Damascus by an assortment 
of different makers; also ATS-34 
and 0-1 

Handles Assorted natural materials 
Miscellaneous Titanium liners and 
cabochon-inlaid thumb studs 
Affiliations Canadian Knifemak- 
ers Guild and this year hopes to 
earn membership in The Knife- 
makers' Guild 
List Prices $150-$3,000 and up 

Don Bell is the knifemakers' knife- 
maker — he has a gift! From my 
viewpoint as a collector, his work 
manifests an etherealness of design, con- 
struction and size. Every time I see a Bell 
knife, my eye takes a journey from blade to 
bolster to scale. The journey moves me from 
the knife's sculpted and sublimely pierced 
blade of understated damascus — gold-inlaid, 
set with a jeweled, cabochon thumb bob — on 

highlight Bell's "Strata." Note the 
blending of the carving from blade t 
bolster. (Point Seven photo) 

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to the bolster of bas relief carving, then to the 
juxtaposed, gracefully carved organic scale 
that flows in support of the knife's theme or 
design story. 

Bell came into knifemaking from half a 
lifetime as a goldsmith, creating one-of-a- 
kind custom jewelry. His superb filework, al- 
ways appropriately emblematic of the knife's 
overall design, never fails to maintain a con- 
gruity with its hardware and function — his 

"knife jewelry" just flows. 

As your eye dances down the length of 
one of his knives, you realize what a har- 
monious flow you're enjoying. Bell's syner- 
gistic blend of French curves and contrast- 
ing, sharp-angled straight lines results in a 
flawless expression of harmony and design. 
What a knack! 

Though his knives exhibit understated 
elegance, due to his ability to unite many 
design elements with artistic 
techniques, the result is quiet 
harmony. There's a lot going on, 
yet his knives never shout, they 
whisper — and they whisper good 

Following stints in military 
college and five years of service in 
the Canadian Navy, Bell settled in 
Bedford, Nova Scotia. His work as 
a goldsmith, starting in 1976, led 
to a strong demand for his one-of- 
a-kind, custom jewelry pieces. In 
1991, he watched Chap Haynes, 
Canada's first ABS master smith, 
demonstrate how to build a hand- 
made knife. The following year, 
Bell regularly visited Haynes' 
shop, where he learned the basics 
of forging, metallurgy and general 
knifemaking. Through the help of 
Bill McHenry, Jim Schmidt, Tim 
Zowada, Hugh Bartrug and Rob 
Hudson, Bell soon made great 

During these first few years, 
he had not decided on whether 
to make fixed blades, miniatures 
or folders, artistic or functional. 
The jewelry designer in him kept 
coming to the fore, and it eventu- 
ally revealed his destiny — one of 


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profile in steel 

profile in steel 

Bell's "California Dreamin'" won Best Art 
Knife at the 2003 BLADE Show and helped 
earn him the 2003 BLADEhandmade™ Award 
in the same category. To enhance the knife's 
theme, 14k-gold engraving "gold rushes" to 
the front, where it's met with carving from the 
blade, "forcing" the guard into the air in what 
surfers call a "wedge." Closed length: 3 1/2 
inches. (Point Seven photo) 

upscale, utilitarian folders he views "not only 
as tools but also as functional jewelry." 

Even so, it was a few years before his 
confidence level enabled him to offer his 
work for sale. In fact, the first knives he al- 
lowed out of his hands went to McHenry and 
Wayne Valachovic, who — after critiquing 
them for Bell — traded one of his own for one 
of Bell's. This ego boost, along with Wolf- 
gang Loerchner's encouragement, gave Bell 
the nerve to sign up for the East Coast Cus- 
tom Knife Show (ECCKS). 

"At the first two East Coast shows, 1 only 
sold two or three knives each time," he re- 
called, "but the attention and comments from 
both the public and [my] fellow knifemakers 
encouraged me to keep going." For his third 
ECCKS, he decided to go all out, put some of 
his pent-up artistry in play, and made a more 
artistic, fully carved art knife. He arrived 
at the event and, by the time he'd dropped 
off his wife to set up at his table, parked the 
car, checked into the hotel and returned to 
the show hall, four of the seven knives he'd 
brought had sold. Since then, he's made his 
knives the way he wants them, and discern- 
ing collectors flock to his table. 

"My knives are individually designed 
and precision built using a wide variety of 
hand-controlled tools," Bell observed, "al- 
ways keeping in mind the admonition of Bill 
McHenry and Jim Schmidt to first make it a 
strong functional knife, then make it pretty." 

I call this admonition The Bell Prin- 
ciple. As Bell elaborated, "For the blades I 
use damascus from top makers such as Tim 
Zowada, Hank Knickmeyer, Ed Schempp, 
George Werth, Robert Eggerling and Shane 
Taylor. The liners are 6AL4V titanium with 
an engine-turned interior, recessed pivot 
washers and ball detent, and color anodizing. 
The handles come in damascus and titanium 
and a variety of natural materials, including 

mother-of-pearl, fossil ivory and hardwoods. 

"The recessed pivot washers provide 
smooth action with a minimal gap between 
blade and liners so that the fileworked or 
carved spine appears uninterrupted from 
blade to backspaces All-screw construction 
permits precision and easy servicing, and al- 
lows me to test fit and fine tune parts to get 
the best fit. The ball detent prevents scratched 
blades and unwanted opening." 

While Bell uses power equipment, in- 
cluding a mill drill, surface grinder and 
lathe, he does most of the work using hand 
tools, files, engravers and a flex shaft. "Us- 
ing hand tools and magnification, either Op- 
tivisor™ or microscope, lets me get the fine 
detail and precise finish so that all parts of 
the knife flow together as seamlessly as pos- 
sible," Bell noted. 

The second part of The Bell Principle in- 
volves, among others, a holistic approach. 

"I try to design my knives as a unit and 
not a collection of components," he began. 
"The focal point is the pierced and carved 
damascus blade. The design elements are 
then brought into the handle by engraving, 
carving, filework and shaping. 

"Since I'm a full-time goldsmith, the 
knives are a spare-time passion. This allows 
me the luxury of taking my time" — usually 
30-50 hours per knife — "to make sure that 
every element is relevant to the overall de- 
sign, and that fit, finish and function are the 
best that I can make them." 

It couldn't be said better. No wonder col- 
lectors recognize the quality of his seamless 
work, which is enhanced by his goldsmith's 
touch. A gracefully carved and pierced da- 
mascus blade highlights many of his knives, 
yet the blade is only the beginning; it supports 
a theme enriched by engraving, carving, file- 
work and shaping, and the visual image is as 
artful with the knife open or closed. 

112 /BLADE 


A knife that has a specific theme or tells 
a story — one that allows him to develop all 
aspects of the design, materials and mechan- 
ics — enchants him. It leads him toward the 
end purpose of creating an expressive piece of 
art, for he well knows that one's design must 
be distinct or it will become extinct. 

"My favorite type of knife to make is one 
with a specific theme. I strive to have all as- 
pects of the design, as well as the individual 
components, relate to the specific theme. One 
example is my unicorn/narwhal knife where 
the blade was not only made from two bars of 
twist damascus twisted together" — to repre- 
sent the unicorn and narwhal horns — "but it 
was forged by a Scandinavian, Conny Pers- 
son [the unicorn myth is believed to have 
originated in Scandinavia] ." 

Knifemaking is a part-time passion to the 
full-time goldsmith. Because of his desire to 
keep knifemaking a passion rather than a job, 
he approaches it on his own terms. 

"I prefer not to take custom orders, since 
then it becomes more job than passion, but 
am willing to listen to customers' preferenc- 
es, or theme ideas, and then let them know 
when 1 have produced a knife that may in- 
terest them," he offered. "This way I've been 
able to maintain the design integrity and flow 
for which my knives are known." 

To help satisfy the growing demand for 
his knives, Bell is making a limited-produc- 
tion series of folding and pendant knives. 
"They will be produced as a numbered series 
that will be laser blanked and then individu- 
ally built, carved and finished by hand, as 
usual. This will greatly reduce the time spent 
tediously cutting out steel and titanium com- 
ponents by hand with a jeweler's saw. Not 
having to design and engineer each knife will 
also help reduce the cost," he noted, "thus al- 
lowing us to provide beautiful knives of the 
same quality, fit and finish as the hand-built 

knives at a fraction of the cost." 

Bell is blessed with the dual gift of art 
and mechanics, talents that knifemakers sel- 
dom possess in tandem. A Bell knife truly 
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[hat are the sharpest knives out of 
the box?" It's a question with which 
many knife enthusiasts seem ob- 
sessed, and understandably so. After all, 
as Jason Kunkler of the Chesapeake Knife 
& Tool chain of retail knife stores noted, 
"a knife without a sharp edge is like a gun 
without a firing pin." 

Odd as it may seem, the emphasis on 
sharpest out of the box is a relatively recent 
phenomenon. According to Brian Huegel of 
the Country Knives retail knife store in In- 
tercourse, Pennsylvania, prior to 1970, most 
production knives came from the manufac- 
turer with little or no edge on them at all. 
Either the retailer or the user would sharpen 
the knives, he noted. 

In today's culture, however, where im- 
mediate results are everything, knives dull 
out of the box are the exception rather than 
the rule. While there is the rare company 
that won't sell its knives sharp due to fears 
that customers will cut themselves, or some 
custom knives will be left unsharpened be- 
cause the customer wants to apply the edge 
himself, a knife dull out of the box is an im- 
mediate turn off to most. 

"It's the first perceived thing, other than 
the weight and balance of the knife," Huegel 
said. "Usually 99.9 percent of the time cus- 
tomers feel the cutting edge. I find myself 
doing it as a test to see if the manufacturer 
cares. I've often questioned if the knife is 
not sharp, did the manufacturer skip a step 
and if so, why did they skip that step?" 

According to Huegel, Kershaw was ei- 
ther the first, or one of the first, to advertise 
the importance of its knives being "shaving 
sharp right out of the box." 

"Prior to that, Case put a polished edge 
on its stainless steel knives," he explained. 
"Of course, Victorinox always put a pol- 
ished razor edge on its knives, as well as its 

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"Since Kershaw, I think manufacturers 
as a whole have really become conscious of 
the fact that the perceived value of the sharp 
edge is important to consumers, so now, 
more than ever, most manufactured knives 
have better edges than in the past, many 
shaving sharp out of the box. 

"Gerber used to demonstrate their edges 
by slicing paper," he continued, "then came 

Spyderco with serrations and their sharpen- 
ers. Spyderco didn't invent serrations but per- 
fected them, along with their edges, and they 
use a laser machine [the goniometer] that can 
measure the [angle of the blade grind]." (For 
more on it and the edge-gauging CATRA 
machine, see "The Ultimate Knife Testing 
Machines?" in the March BLADE®.) 

The fact knives should be their sharpest 
right out of the box seems to be something 

Sharpness is but one of many features a knife should 
have. Superior fit and finish, premium blade steel with 
proper heat treatment and, in the case of folders, a 
tight folding mechanism are others. The spring on the 
locking liner of the new Lone Wolf Harsey T2 fits just 
right behind the blade — not too steep as to cause lock 
failure and not buried so far over that it sticks. Blade 
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ramie line and the Messermeister Elite series of 
kitchen knives. This is Messermeister's Meridian 
Elite~~6-inch offset knife. ( Messermeister. phlftd)* 

few would dispute. However, is it possible 
that a knife that appears to be its sharpest 
right out of the box can be somewhat mis- 
leading? In other words, might the knife 
be sharp out of the box but not be able to 
hold its edge? After all, as Huegel noted, 
a person who knows what he's doing can 
sharpen a tin can to shave hair, though it 
won't shave hair for long. 

Perhaps misleading isn't the best choice 
of words. However, as Kunkler explained, 
when you buy one of today's leading fac- 
tory knives, you must take into account 
that "some manufacturers have huge grind- 
ers and put an edge on their knives that 
most of us will never be able to replicate." 
That's why some companies — Benchmade 
is one — invite customers to return their 
knives for edge touch-ups, he noted. 

In addition, as Samantha Coppa of the 
appropriately named The Edge retail knife 
store in San Diego, California, pointed out, 
some knives may be sharpened at a 10-de- 
gree angle as opposed to, say, a more con- 
ventional 22 degrees. "Such a knife may 
seem sharp at first but the edge may fold 
over if the steel isn't strong enough to main- 
tain that angle," she observed. 

Meanwhile, manufacturers will keep on 
providing knives that are the sharpest they 
can be, as well they should. "From the man- 
ufacturers' standpoint, it behooves them to 
put the best edge they can on their knives 
because even though many consumers won't 
be able to put the same sharp edge back on 
themselves," Huegel offered, "they will re- 
member when they first used the knife and 
how impressive that sharp edge was." 

One of Many Things 

Of course, a sharp edge is but one of many 
things to look for in a new knife. 

"If it's a folder, the smoothness of the 
opening is important," stressed Mike Bauer 
of the World of Knives retail knife store in 
Hopkins, Minnesota. "Is there any play in 
the blade? What about the fit and finish? 
Does the knife look well made? Does it feel 
solid — not necessarily heavy but solid? If 
it's a fixed blade, does it have a sense of bal- 
ance? Does the guard rattle?" 

If it's a lockback, check to see if 
the backspring butts up to the blade in a 

smooth, seamless fit, Kunkler noted. "If 
it's a LinerLock™, I check the action when 
I unlock it — whether I have to slam it open 
hard or it opens normally," he reported. "I 
expect the liner to seat at a proper distance 
behind the blade — between far enough 
over to where it won't slip out but not bur- 
ied too far over so I don't have to lay the 
knife down and stand on it to get the liner 
to release. I also expect a folder to be prop- 
erly clean so I don't hear or feel grit in the 
process of opening or closing it." 

Consequently, while it would appear 
that the knife being sharp out of the box 
is key, it's far from being the only key. In 
fact, perhaps the more important question is 
not What are the sharpest knives out of the 
box? so much as How do you ensure that the 
knives stay that way? 

For instance, according to Huegel, you 
can take a good steel and make it better by 
how you apply the edge to it. "If consum- 
ers can't sharpen their knives, it depreciates 

their investment," he said. "Sharpening is 
far more important than the brand or qual- 
ity of the knife." 

In fact, knowing how to sharpen en- 
ables the consumer to educate himself when 
it comes to the knives that are the sharpest. 

"An edge has to cut, it has to be a 'mat- 
ter separator,' to quote The Spyderco Story" 
Huegel stressed. "It's ability to cut out of the 
box is exceedingly important, but what's 
also important is to do it throughout the life 
of the tool — and then you can evaluate the 
steel and how it's shaped to create the edge. 
Then you can examine how the knife per- 
forms, opens and closes, the design, all are 
equally important, but still pointing toward 
that goal of it being an edge. Whether it was 
that first broken rock shard to today's super 
hi-tech powder metals and ceramics, we're 
still in pursuit of that same basic idea." 

And The Sharpest Are ... 

OK, so what are the sharpest knives out of 

116 /BLADE 


the box? For most of the retailers polled, 
with few exceptions, it was more a matter of 
brands than specific models. 

"I don't see any specific manufacturer 
today making one particular model or 
steel and saying, 'We're sharpening it to 
another level,'" Huegel observed. In other 
words, each company should be expected 
to get each of its knives as sharp as it can, 
though it won't concentrate on any one 
of its knives being any sharper than any 
other of its knives. 

That being said, Huegel indicated that, 
"The sharpest out of the box tend to be first 
and foremost Spyderco, mostly from the 
standpoint that they do far more research 
and development on all aspects of their 
knives, including sharpening with their Tri- 
Angle Sharpmaker, so the consumer can re- 
store the manufacturer's edge on the knife. 
Spyderco spends a lot of money on experi- 
menting and drawing from that experimen- 
tation, followed by Kershaw just from their 
almost 30 years of 'shaving sharp right out 
of the box,' followed by Columbia River 
Knife & Tool and then Benchmade. That's 
not to say that none of the other manufactur- 
ers have sharp knives out of the box, it's just 
that these four are the most consistent." 

Bauer listed Benchmade, Kershaw, Mi- 
crotech and Columbia River Knife & Tool 
as the brands with the sharpest knives out of 
the box, giving special mention to the Chris 
Reeve Sebenza. Kunkler said the Kershaw 
Shun classic line of kitchen knives, espe- 
cially the paring knife, make the top of his 
sharpest-out-of-the-box list. Staying with 
kitchen knives, Coppa opted for the Kyoc- 
era ceramic line and the Messermeister Elite 
series, adding, "I don't notice any signifi- 
cant difference [in sharpness] among Ker- 
shaw, Benchmade and Spyderco. They're 
all among the sharpest. Also, I like SOG's 
fixed blades." 

Beginning, Not an End 

Limited and unscientific as BLADE 's poll of 
knife retailers is, it's interesting to note how 
the same brands cropped up repeatedly in 
the answer to What are the sharpest knives 
out of the box? Hence, perhaps the answer 
to the question should be less an end in itself 
than a means. 

"It's basically an opening for us knife re- 
tailers to talk to consumers about how sharp 
the knife's edge is and then tell them how 
to maintain it," Huegel said. "By educating 
them, you obtain better customers who will 
question the knives they're using and search 
for better knives and edges and better ways 
to keep them sharp. It doesn't just end with 
the question, What's the sharpest knife out 
of the box?" 

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On the CD, the author uses blue and yellow clay "billets" to 
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Presented in a CD format, the course 
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transparent. In short, it represents a whole 
new way of presenting material of this 
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.Basic Theory of Damascus Pattern 
Development: This will serve as a theo- 
retical basis for the understanding of how 
pattern-welded effects are generated. 

The Definitions section will include: 

'Damascus patterning: Controlled dis- 
tortion or manipulation of mechanically 
layered or crystalline steels; 

'Primary distortion: Any technique or 
procedure introducing curvilinear irregu- 
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Basic Techniques: Stacking & Tacking 

The selected steels, in this case 1084 and 
15N20, are cut to uniform sizes, stacked in 
alternating layers, and tack welded together 
to maintain their position. These particular 
steels have been selected for their respec- 
tive carbon and alloy contents. They are 
both high carbon steels. The 15N20, how- 
ever, has about .075 percent nickel, which 
will show as a bright, silvery stripe when 
the 15N20 and 1084 become "married" or 
welded to one another. Other steels may be 

According to the author's new instructional CD, a secondary distortion is 
any primary distortion technique or procedure applied to layered mate- 
rial with a pre-existing distortion pattern, such as this piece of "firestorm" 
twist damascus. Other examples include cutting or twisting bias forged 
layers, die work on pre-distorted layers, cutting and re-sectioning pat- 
terned layers ("Turkish" patterning), radial patterns, etc. 

used; refer to the CD's chart on steel selec- 
tion for some possible combinations. 

A handle is added next to manage the 
billet comfortably. The weld material on 
the sides will be removed later to prevent 
contamination of the billets' layers. The 
weld filler on either end will remain there 
throughout the entire operation of folding, 
and will be cut off later. 


Also included is an extensive list of links 
to related Web sites that pertain to mate- 
rial suppliers, organizations, publications, 
makers and much more. 

Don't miss this opportunity to have a 
state-of-the-art learning tool that reveals 
in detail the craft and technology of today's 
top pattern-welded designs. 

The real-time shop footage of forging 
operations on the CD features ABS 
master smith J.D. Smith at work on the 
projects covered, with detailed voice-overs 
explaining every step of the presentations 
throughout. For more information contact 
J.D. Smith, Dept. BL9, 516 E. Second St., No. 
38, S. Boston, MA 02127 617.989.0723. 

120 /BLADE 



SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2004 

Ontario Convention Center 
2000 Convention Center Way • Ontario, CA 91764 

Host Hotel: Ayres Suites — located next door to convention center. 

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Saturday, September 18 10am - 6pm 
Sunday, September 19 10am - 4pm 

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• Free Seminars for new 
Blade enthusiasts as 

weii as seasoned collectors. 

• Outdoor Demonstrations 
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• An International Roster of 
Top Handmade Knife Makers. 

• Exciting Collections. 
Major Manufacturers. 

• Supplier Displays. 

• Custom Knife Competition. 


hot handmade 


Eugene Shadley's fancy senator folder won 
best of show at the Solvang Custom Knife 
Show — but not before logging plenty of 
frequent flyer miles on its way to completion. 
(Point Seven photo) 


Spec Check 

Knife Senator 

Maker Eugene Shadley 

Blade Steel ATS-34 

Handle 14k-rose gold inlaid w/19 

diamonds — half-a-carat's worth 

in all 

Engraving Simon Lytton 

Closed Length 3 1/4" 

Maker's List Price n/a 

122 /BLADE 

By BLADE® staff 


... or at least that was what one of Eugene Shadley's 
customers concluded concerning a superb Shadley senator 

Before Eugene Shadley's fancy knife was sent to Point Seven in Toledo, 
senator folder won best of show at Ohio, to be photographed, and then 
this year's Solvang Custom Knife Shadley took it to Solvang, where it won 

Before Eugene Shadley's fancy 
senator folder won best of show at 
this year's Solvang Custom Knife 
Show in Solvang, California, it experi- 
enced an odyssey few knives ever do. 

One of Shadley's customers wanted 
a knife in a solid gold handle, settling 
on a senator, a pattern Shadley had 
never made before. After Shadley fash- 
ioned the knife in Bovey, Minnesota, it 
was sent to a jeweler in Seattle, Wash- 
ington, where the jeweler inlaid 19 dia- 
monds — about half-a-carat's worth — in 
the handle. The knife was then returned 
to Shadley, who took it to the East Coast 
Custom Knife Show in New York City 
in March to deliver it to engraver Simon 
Lytton. Lytton took the knife home to 
England to engrave it. From there the 

knife was sent to Point Seven in Toledo, 
Ohio, to be photographed, and then 
Shadley took it to Solvang, where it won 
best of show in April. 

After the show, the customer decided 
the knife was too nice to use and that he 
wanted to someday pass it on to his grand- 
children. It was arranged to have his ini- 
tials engraved on it — again by Lytton. 
Meanwhile, the customer commissioned 
Shadley to make a similar piece, though 
without all the embellishments, for the 
customer to use. 

For more information, contact Eugene 
Shadley, Dept. BL9, 26315 Norway Dr., 
Bovey, MN 55709 218.245.3820 fax 
218.245.1639. _ 





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